Trade Regulation

ORS 646A.624
Powers of director

  • penalties


The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services may:


Make such public or private investigations within or outside this state as the director deems necessary to determine whether a person has violated any provision of ORS 646A.600 (Short title) to 646A.628 (Allocation of moneys), or to aid in the enforcement of ORS 646A.600 (Short title) to 646A.628 (Allocation of moneys).


Require or permit a person to file a statement in writing, under oath or otherwise as the director determines, as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the matter to be investigated.


Administer oaths and affirmations, subpoena witnesses, compel attendance, take evidence and require the production of books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, agreements or other documents or records that the director deems relevant or material to the inquiry. Each witness who appears before the director under a subpoena shall receive the fees and mileage provided for witnesses in ORS 44.415 (Fees and mileage of witnesses) (2).


If a person fails to comply with a subpoena so issued or a party or witness refuses to testify on any matters, the judge of the circuit court or of any county, on the application of the director, shall compel obedience by proceedings for contempt as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from such court or a refusal to testify therein.


If the director has reason to believe that any person has engaged or is engaging in any violation of ORS 646A.600 (Short title) to 646A.628 (Allocation of moneys), the director may issue an order, subject to ORS chapter 183, directed to the person to cease and desist from the violation, or require the person to pay compensation to consumers injured by the violation. The director may order compensation to consumers only upon a finding that enforcement of the rights of the consumers by private civil action would be so burdensome or expensive as to be impractical.



In addition to all other penalties and enforcement provisions provided by law, any person who violates or who procures, aids or abets in the violation of ORS 646A.600 (Short title) to 646A.628 (Allocation of moneys) shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $1,000 for every violation, which shall be paid to the General Fund of the State Treasury.


Every violation is a separate offense and, in the case of a continuing violation, each day’s continuance is a separate violation, but the maximum penalty for any occurrence shall not exceed $500,000.


Civil penalties under this section shall be imposed as provided in ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures). [2007 c.759 §13]


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May 26, 2023