Legally, the federal district court suit filed by Advanced Transportation Systems Inc. against Eagle Lines Inc. looks like a straightforward breach of contract and negligence complaint.
But within the paragraphs of legalese lurks a mystery - where did all the deodorant go?Advanced Transportation, a Salt Lake-based freight broker, says it arranged for a shipment from a company called Foxmire in Oklahoma City to be sent by Eagle Lines Inc., Pomona, Calif., to a company called PEC in Commerce, Calif. PEC, in turn, was to ship it to Metropolitan Wholesale in Los Angeles.
According to the complaint, Eagle Lines claims to have delivered the shipment to PEC but to have mistakenly left off the delivery receipt 448 cases of Mennen Speed Stick Regular. The suit says PEC denies that portion of the shipment ever arrived.
The spice, the musk, the lime and the Lady Speed Stick all made it, but somewhere out there is enough missing Speed Stick Regular to keep King Kong's underarms dry.
Finding it is not Advanced Transportation Systems' worry, though, said the company's attorney, Tad D. Draper. He told the Deseret News his client will have to pay Foxmire for the missing deodorant, but Eagle Lines should have to pay his client.
Whether PEC has the Speed Stick is a question for a lawsuit between Eagle Lines and PEC, he said.
It's a suit Draper expects to be filed, because 448 cases of deodorant is nothing to sniff at. "That's 15 thousand bucks worth of deodorant, for crying out loud."