Trade Practices and Antitrust Regulation

ORS 646.535
Unfair trade practices prohibited

  • exception


A dealer may not knowingly engage in the following unfair trade practices:


Interfere with, restrain, coerce or boycott a producer in the exercise of the rights guaranteed pursuant to ORS 646.525 (Cooperative bargaining associations authorized);


Discriminate against a producer with respect to price or other terms of purchase of raw agricultural commodities or Oregon seafood commodities, by reason of the producer’s membership in or contract with cooperative bargaining associations; or


Pay or loan money, or give any other thing of value to a producer as an inducement or reward for refusing to or ceasing to belong to a cooperative bargaining association.


A blackberry dealer, perennial ryegrass seed, annual ryegrass seed or tall fescue seed dealer or Oregon seafood commodity dealer who participates in negotiating committee activities described in ORS 646.737 (Exemption for negotiations governing sale price of Oregon blackberries), 646.738 (Exemption for negotiations governing price for sale of grass seed) or 646.739 (Exemption for negotiations governing season starting price for sale of Oregon seafood) does not violate subsection (1) of this section. [1963 c.514 §3; 1969 c.165 §1; 2001 c.142 §5; 2003 c.487 §5; 2005 c.290 §2; 2009 c.241 §4]
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Notes of Decisions

Subject matter regulated by this chapter is not "preempted" by Federal Robinson-Patman Act so as to render this chapter invalid. W. J. Seufert v. Nat. Restaurant Supply Co., 266 Or 92, 511 P2d 363 (1973)

Whether an injunction should issue when a court finds a violation of the Act is a matter of discretion. State ex rel Johnson v. International Harvester Co., 25 Or App 9, 548 P2d 176 (1976)

This chapter imposes no affirmative duty to inform customers of rates in absence of request, but prohibits making information about prices available to some customers and not others. Wildish Sand & Gravel v. Northwest Natural Gas Co., 103 Or App 215, 796 P2d 1237 (1990), Sup Ct review denied


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Jun. 26, 2021