Actions and Suits in Particular Cases

ORS 30.845
Action against person who summons police with improper intent

  • attorney fees


A person may bring a civil action for damages against any person who knowingly causes a police officer to arrive at a location to contact another person with the intent to:


Infringe on the other person’s rights under the Oregon or United States Constitutions;


Unlawfully discriminate against the other person;


Cause the other person to feel harassed, humiliated or embarrassed;


Cause the other person to be expelled from a place in which the other person is lawfully located; or


Damage the other person’s:


Reputation or standing within the community; or


Financial, economic, consumer or business prospects or interests.


Upon prevailing in an action under this section, the plaintiff may recover:


The greater of:


Special and general damages, including damages for emotional distress; or


Statutory damages of $250 against each defendant found liable under this section; and


Punitive damages.


The court may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing plaintiff in an action under this section.


A civil action under this section:


May be brought in the small claims department of a circuit court if the total damages do not exceed the jurisdictional limit of the small claims department.


Does not affect a right or remedy available under any other law of this state. [2019 c.415 §1]


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Jun. 26, 2021