Randy Quaid Sues Bail Bond Company

By: Kimberly Ripley - April 11, 2014

Randy Quaid–probably best known for his role as Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation–has sued the bail bond company that bailed him and his wife Evi Quaid out of jail when they were arrested in California on squatting charges back in 2010. Quaid has filed suit against the company saying he and his wife are now required to pay back bonds they never requested.

Randy and Evi Quaid were arrested in September of 2010 for squatting in the guest house of a property they once owned. They caused about $5,000 worth of damage to the guest house while allegedly squatting there.

It was only about a month later that the Quaids were detained in Vancouver by immigration officials. A California judge had issued a bench warrant for their arrest for a missed hearing pertaining to the squatting charges.

“The Quaids did not enter into a written agreement with American or its agent to provide the $50,000 bonds and did not agree to pay any sums to American or its agent in exchange for the bonds,” their attorney wrote in court documents.

Randy and Evi Quaid are seeking restitution for lost wages and emotional distress in addition to the bail bonds.

Randy Quaid made news during the time of these arrests for exhibiting signs of what many believed was a mental illness like schizophrenia. That has never been proved.

In addition to his role in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, he also starred in the film Independence Day.

Randy Quaid is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.

Is it possible that this lawsuit is simply further proof that Dennis Quaid and his wife Evi aren’t playing with full decks? Who sues the bail bond company that allows you to get out of jail? That’s sort of akin to the old adage about biting the hand that feeds you.

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  • vincentpricenut2

    ! Love Randy. It’s so good to see him again.

  • JamesR123

    I’ve read about this couple’s history before. They’re deadbeats who know how to play the system. The bail bonds company will be able to prove their case. The police didn’t release the Quaid’s because they seemed like nice people. The bail bonds company didn’t post their bail because they really love Randy Quaid’s last movie. The Quaids have done this many times before.

    It’s simply “In order to collect the money from us that we owe you you’re going to have to chase us, find us, we will sue you as well, and then you may find out that we are broke. We will deny that you had us served. We will claim we have no idea what you are talking about. We will claim we had no idea what happened in Court. We will accuse you of being crooks and the media will report that because we have a little bit of celebrity–and you don’t. How much money do you want to spend? How much grief? So why don’t you just take the loss and go away.”

    Anyone who has tried to collect money owed from a deadbeat will understand.

    • JamesR123

      Don’t take my word for it. Google their behavior over the last 10-15 years. They have been sued many times and lost. Collecting the judgement–that’s another matter.

      • Alvinnn1985

        He truly is an Eddie but in real life he is a crook. In the movie he acted brain damaged. He rode in the coat tails of his brother but Randy truly is a total loser and I am sure an embarrassment to his family. So crazy.

    • Michigan Matt

      Randy is probably doing them a favor. Now these companies will have write offs etc. After they get done Surety will probably be broke and file chapter 7 and start up a company under a different name and still have millions of dollars hidden. Get Dog the bounty Hunter to preach God to Randy.

  • Randyman

    The shitter’s full!

  • Michigan Matt

    They plan much of this stuff out and lawyers benefit. They just need someone to pretend and go through with accusations to make things work. Then the publicity starts. 10-1 more than 80% of the people benefitting off this will probably be Jewish people. I’ll bet Surety is even Jewish owned. Entertainment tonight, Access Hollywood etc, they all play a part. Randy is doing them a favor. Shame on you Randy for not just letting things go.

  • All Towne Bail Bonds

    That’s BS he didn’t know about the bond. Prior to your release you sign a Recognance form attached to the bond. You know who is bailing you out. But if the bondsman didn’t secure payment he’s a fool!

  • Alvinnn1985

    Randy Randy Randy, you really are related to Eddie that you played. I cannot believe poor Dennis Quad is really Randys brother. 2 total opposites. Get a real job Randy. You screwed people so much you cannot be back on American soil without being arrested. Good grief. Grow the ef up and get a job and pay your debts due to society and quite being a victim. You are disgusting.