"A Dorchester County judge has granted a request to certify a class
action lawsuit against a Columbia law firm that’s accused of misrepresenting
the debt that property owners owe their homeowners’ associations
in violation of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.
The property owners allege that the law firm of McCabe, Trotter & Beverly,
which collects debts on behalf of homeowners’ associations throughout
South Carolina, improperly inflated the amounts that they supposedly owed
on their accounts by tacking its own legal fees onto their outstanding
balances, and that this constitutes a violation of the FCDPA. They claim
that the firm has been engaging in this practice since at least 2012."