Oregon Statutes - Chapter 646A - Trade Regulation - Section 646A.244 - Cause of action for violation of ORS 646A.240; injunction; attorney fees; defenses.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a person who is adversely affected by a creditor’s violation of ORS 646A.240 shall have a cause of action to recover compensatory damages against the creditor and may also apply to a court for an injunction to prevent the creditor’s further violation of ORS 646A.240. If the damages are awarded, or an injunction granted, the person shall be entitled to reasonable attorney fees at trial and on appeal, as determined by the court in addition to costs and necessary disbursements.

(2) A creditor shall have no liability for compensatory damages, attorney fees or otherwise and no injunction shall issue:

(a) Where the creditor shows by a preponderance of evidence that the violation was not intentional and resulted from a bona fide error notwithstanding the maintenance of procedures reasonably adopted to avoid any such error; or

(b) Where in violating ORS 646A.240, the creditor shows by a preponderance of evidence that it acted in good faith, in conformity with any statute, law, ordinance, rule, regulation, administrative interpretation or judicial determination then applicable to the transaction in question. [Formerly 646.865]

(Credit Services Organizations)

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