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Quapaw House’s Casey Bright Receives $2.4M Default Judgment

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The default judgments are piling up for the former CEO of Quapaw House Inc., the troubled Hot Springs drug and alcohol treatment provider that is no longer operating.

Last week, Casey Bright was hit with a $2.4 million judgment in U.S. District Court in Hot Springs. Preferred Family Healthcare Inc. of Kirksville, Missouri, sued Bright, Quapaw House and its chairman, Pat Parker, in 2020 for failing to make rental payments for its property.

In March, Preferred Family, Parker and Quapaw House asked the judge to dismiss the case, but the lawsuit remained against Bright.

Preferred Family received a default judgment against Bright in July after Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey found he “has not answered, appeared, or defended himself in this matter in any way as of the date of this order.” 

Hickey held another hearing in September to determine damages, and Preferred Family said its damages were $2.4 million.

“The Court was satisfied with Plaintiff’s explanation of the source of its damages and found its calculation of damages appropriate,” Hickey wrote in her Dec. 12 order. 

Hickey also said Bright must pay Preferred Family’s attorneys’ fees and costs in the case, which totaled another $107,574. Preferred Family was “pleased with the judgment,” one of its attorneys, Ashley Hudson of the Little Rock office of Kutak Rock LLP, told Whispers. 

The judgment was the second seven-figure amount against Bright involving Quapaw House.  

In November 2020, Malvern National Bank received a $1.2 million judgment against Bright, who also didn’t bother to file an answer in that case. 

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