2013 ORS § 20.190¹
Prevailing party fees

(1) Except as provided in subsections (2) to (5) of this section, a prevailing party in a civil action or proceeding who has a right to recover costs and disbursements in the following cases also has a right to recover, as a part of the costs and disbursements, the following additional amounts:

(a) In the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals, on an appeal, $100.

(b) In a circuit court:

(A) When judgment is given without trial of an issue of law or fact or on an appeal, $85; or

(B) When judgment is given after trial of an issue of law or fact, $105.

(c) In a small claims department, a county court or justice court:

(A) When judgment is given without trial of an issue of law or fact or on an appeal, $50; or

(B) When judgment is given after trial of an issue of law or fact, $60.

(2) In lieu of the prevailing party fee provided for in subsection (1) of this section, in any civil action or proceeding in which recovery of money or damages is sought, a prevailing party who has a right to recover costs and disbursements also has a right to recover, as a part of the costs and disbursements, the following additional amounts:

(a) In a circuit court:

(A) When judgment is given without trial of an issue of law or fact, $300; or

(B) When judgment is given after trial of an issue of law or fact, $575.

(b) In a small claims department, a county court or justice court:

(A) When judgment is given without trial of an issue of law or fact, $100; or

(B) When judgment is given after trial of an issue of law or fact, $115.

(3) In addition to the amounts provided for in subsection (2) of this section, in any civil action or proceeding in a circuit court in which recovery of money or damages is sought, the court may award to the prevailing party up to an additional $5,000 as a prevailing party fee. The court shall consider the following factors in making an award under the provisions of this subsection:

(a) The conduct of the parties in the transactions or occurrences that gave rise to the litigation, including any conduct of a party that was reckless, willful, malicious, in bad faith or illegal.

(b) The objective reasonableness of the claims and defenses asserted by the parties.

(c) The extent to which an award of a larger prevailing party fee in the case would deter others from asserting good faith claims or defenses in similar cases.

(d) The extent to which an award of a larger prevailing party fee in the case would deter others from asserting meritless claims and defenses.

(e) The objective reasonableness of the parties and the diligence of the parties and their attorneys during the proceedings.

(f) The objective reasonableness of the parties and the diligence of the parties in pursuing settlement of the dispute.

(g) Any award of attorney fees made to the prevailing party as part of the judgment.

(h) Such other factors as the court may consider appropriate under the circumstances of the case.

(4) Nonprevailing parties are jointly liable for the prevailing party fees provided for in this section. A court may not award more than one prevailing party fee to a prevailing party under this section, or more than one prevailing party fee against a nonprevailing party regardless of the number of parties in the action, and, upon being paid the amount of the award, the prevailing party may not seek recovery of any additional amounts under the provisions of this section from any other nonprevailing party.

(5) In any appeal from the award or denial of a prevailing party fee under subsection (2) of this section, the court reviewing the award may not modify the decision of the court in making or denying an award, or the decision of the court as to the amount of the award, except upon a finding of an abuse of discretion.

(6) The prevailing party fees provided for in this section may not be awarded in the following proceedings:

(a) A class action proceeding under ORCP 32.

(b) A condemnation proceeding.

(c) Proceedings under the provisions of ORS chapters 25, 107, 108, 109 and 110.

(7) Mandatory arbitration under ORS 36.400 (Mandatory arbitration programs) to 36.425 (Filing of decision and award) does not constitute a trial of an issue of law or fact for the purposes of this section. [1981 c.898 §18a; 1987 c.725 §6; 1989 c.1007 §1; 1995 c.618 §7; 1997 c.249 §13; 1997 c.801 §§56,56a; 2005 c.702 §93; 2007 c.860 §16; 2011 c.595 §170a; 2013 c.685 §44]

Note: Section 170b, chapter 595, Oregon Laws 2011, provides:

Sec. 170b. The amendments to ORS 20.190 (Prevailing party fees) by section 170a of this 2011 Act apply only to actions commenced on or after the effective date of this 2011 Act [July 1, 2011]. [2011 c.595 §170b]

Note: Section 45, chapter 685, Oregon Laws 2013, provides:

Sec. 45. The amendments to ORS 20.190 (Prevailing party fees) by section 44 of this 2013 Act apply only to actions commenced on or after October 1, 2013. [2013 c.685 §45]