Collection Agencies

ORS 697.095
Civil penalties


In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a person who violates any provision of ORS 697.015 (Registration requirement) or 697.058 (Agency records) or any rule adopted under ORS 697.031 (Registration procedure), 697.085 (Rules) or 697.086 (Rules for collection of child support payments) is subject to forfeiture and payment of a civil penalty to the Department of Consumer and Business Services in an amount of not more than $1,000 for each offense.


Civil penalties under this section shall be imposed as provided in ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures).


All penalties recovered shall be deposited in the Consumer and Business Services Fund created by ORS 705.145 (Consumer and Business Services Fund). [1983 c.69 §4; 1987 c.373 §44; 1991 c.734 §87; 2005 c.338 §13]
§§ 697.010 to 697.470

Notes of Decisions

Holder of license issued pursuant to these sections who voluntarily surrenders it to the issuing authority with the intention of abandoning it is in the same position as a new applicant who seeks the right to engage in the activity for which the license is required. State ex rel Black v. American Recovery, Ltd., 12 Or App 139, 505 P2d 1166 (1973)

Collection agencies which solicit and collect claims of third parties upon contingent fee basis are not involved in unauthorized practice of law. Messmer v. Carter/Bonded Credit Company, 282 Or 323, 578 P2d 788 (1978)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Application to out-of-state businesses whose only contact with Oregon debtors is through telephonic or mail communication, (1980) Vol 40, p 358

Chapter 697

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Duty of merchant using third party letterhead purchased from collection letter service to obtain license, (1972) Vol 36, p 79


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