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Legal is not the right word. They either have a legitimate claim or they do not. If you feel they do not then you are free to not pay the claim and dispute it. The company can then sue you and you can assert any defenses. The company then will have to prove that the claim is legitimate and the burden is on them to prove it. The judge or jury would then decide if the company should be paid the money they say you owe. So to answer your question, yes this is legal but if it is not legitimate you do not have to pay it and can fight it in court.
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