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$7,029,343 Settlement Where Tenants Were Unlawfully Assessed Eviction Related Fees by Apartment Complex


A North Carolina Superior Court Judge has approved a settlement valued at more than $7 million dollars ($3,750,000.00 in cash and $3,279,343.55 in debt waiver) for claims under state unfair debt collection statutes filed on behalf of tenants of Southwood Realty Company, a North Carolina property management company.

The class action, initially filed in Cumberland County Superior Court on September 1, 2018, alleged that Southwood Realty Company violated the Residential Rental Agreements Act, N.C.G.S. § 42-46 by charging and collecting various fees in connection with filing eviction actions.

The Plaintiff, Angela Stewart, was represented by attorneys Edward H. Maginnnis and Karl S. Gwaltney with Maginnis Law, PLLC and Scott Harris and Patrick Wallace at Whitfield Bryson LLP.

Raleigh Class Action Law Suit