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'RHOC' Newbie Noella Bergener Sued Over $300k Legal Bill Stemming From 2014 'Paternity Action,' Amid Estranged Husband's $5.8 Million Tax Debt

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Nov. 9 2021, Published 8:30 p.m. ET

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Real Housewives of Orange County newbie Noella Bergener has been slapped with court papers over a massive unpaid legal bill but were told she denies being responsible for the debt.

According to court documents obtained by Radar, the Bravo star is being sued by a debt collector, Creditors Adjustment Bureau, for breach of contract.

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The suit accuses 36-year-old Noella of owing $293,832.22 to the law firm Fried and Goldsman. The docs say the money was owed on February 26, 2018.

Noella reportedly hired the law firm in 2014 to represent her in a “paternity action.” At the time, she was known as Noella Nance and had an address in Palm Desert.

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The firm worked on the case for Noella up until June 2018.

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The reality star’s only known child is her 2-year-old son James Jr, who she shares with her estranged husband James Bergener Sr.

A source close to Noella tells Radar, the allegations she owes money are "unfounded." We're told she believes the legal bill should have been paid for by her first ex-husband (not James) per their divorce settlement.

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The debt collector says despite numerous demands for payment, Noella hasn’t coughed up a dime. The source close to Noella denies she has ever been notified of any alleged debt owed by her.

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The suit is seeking the entire $293k plus interest. The debt collector included the original agreement signed by Noella.

The deal said the firm would work on the case that involved establishing parentage, custody and/or visitation and child support.

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Attempts to reach Noella for comment on the matter have been unsuccessful.

The lawsuit comes amid a rocky couple of months for the RHOC star. As Radar first reported, her husband James — who is a well-known personal injury lawyer in Orange County — was hit with two massive liens earlier this year.

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Back in July, Radar broke the story, James is accused of owing $5.8 million in back taxes.

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The IRS filed a federal tax lien on June 3, 2021. Uncle Sam accuses the lawyer of owing taxes $4,045,118.85 for the years 2018 and 2019.

In a separate tax lien ,the State of California accuses James of owing them $1,851,225.04 for 2018 and 2019. The grand total for his tax debt comes to $5,896,343.04.

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A couple of weeks later, Noella filed for legal separation after 1 year of marriage. The split is still ongoing.

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