2015 ORS 180.435¹
Distributor obligations
  • production of records and testimony
  • Attorney General and Department of Revenue information sharing
  • nonparticipating manufacturer escrow requirements

(1) Not later than 20 days after the end of each calendar quarter, and more frequently if so directed by the Attorney General, a distributor shall report such information as the Attorney General requires to facilitate compliance by tobacco product manufacturers with this section and ORS 180.410 (Manufacturer certification), 180.415 (Nonparticipating manufacturer certification), 180.420 (Document retention period), 180.430 (Nonresident nonparticipating manufacturer service agent) and 180.440 (Prohibited conduct), and with rules adopted under ORS 180.445 (Quarterly escrow deposits) and 180.450 (Judicial review). The information shall include, but need not be limited to, a list by brand family of the total number of cigarettes or, in the case of roll-your-own tobacco, the equivalent stick count for which the distributor affixed stamps or otherwise paid the tax due during the previous calendar quarter.

(2) A distributor shall maintain for a period of five years all invoices and documentation of sales of cigarettes manufactured by nonparticipating manufacturers and any other information relied upon in reporting to the Attorney General under subsection (1) of this section. The distributor shall make the invoices and other documentation available to the Attorney General upon request.

(3)(a) The Attorney General may compel by subpoena the production of any books, papers, records or other information required to be maintained under subsection (2) of this section and may require any person to appear and provide testimony pertinent to the information described in subsection (2) of this section. The subpoena shall have the same force and effect and be served in the same manner as in a civil action in the circuit court.

(b) If a person fails to produce any books, papers, records or other information required to be produced, fails to appear or testify about a matter for which testimony may be compelled or otherwise fails to comply with a subpoena issued under this subsection, the Attorney General may apply to the circuit court of the county in which the person to whom the subpoena was issued resides or may be found. The application shall be for an order requiring the person to comply with the demand or request of the Attorney General. The application shall be made by ex parte motion. The order of the court shall require the person against whom the order is directed to comply with the request or demand of the Attorney General within 10 days after the service of the order, or such further time as the court may grant, or to justify the failure to comply with the order within that time.

(c) Failure to comply with an order under this subsection shall constitute contempt of court. The remedy provided under this paragraph shall be in addition to any other remedy provided by law.

(4) A distributor shall provide the Attorney General with an electronic mail address so that the Attorney General may notify the distributor of the information required under subsections (1) and (8) of this section.

(5) The Attorney General and the Department of Revenue may share with each other information received under this section and ORS 180.410 (Manufacturer certification), 180.415 (Nonparticipating manufacturer certification) and 323.106 (Certification of intent to comply with reporting, recordkeeping and directory participation requirements) and may share such information with federal, state or local agencies for purposes of enforcement of this section and ORS 180.410 (Manufacturer certification), 180.415 (Nonparticipating manufacturer certification), 180.420 (Document retention period), 180.430 (Nonresident nonparticipating manufacturer service agent), 180.440 (Prohibited conduct) and 323.806 (Required actions by manufacturers), rules adopted under ORS 180.445 (Quarterly escrow deposits) and 180.450 (Judicial review) and corresponding laws of other states.

(6) The Attorney General may at any time require a nonparticipating manufacturer to produce proof from the financial institution in which the nonparticipating manufacturer has established a qualified escrow fund for the purpose of compliance with ORS 323.806 (Required actions by manufacturers) of the amount of moneys in the fund, exclusive of interest, the amount and date of each deposit and the amount and date of each withdrawal from the fund.

(7) The Attorney General shall, upon request of a nonparticipating manufacturer whose compliance with escrow requirements is at issue, provide the manufacturer with copies of all documents upon which any proposed addition to the escrow is based. Documents required to be provided under this subsection include, but are not necessarily limited to, reports under this section from distributors. The information provided to the manufacturer under this subsection may not include information about brand families or products of any tobacco product manufacturer other than the one to whom the information is provided. The information may be used only for the purpose of determining the appropriate amount of escrow deposits.

(8) The Attorney General may require a distributor or a tobacco product manufacturer to submit any additional information, including, but not limited to, samples of the packaging and labeling of each brand family, to enable the Attorney General to determine whether a tobacco product manufacturer is in compliance with this section and ORS 180.410 (Manufacturer certification), 180.415 (Nonparticipating manufacturer certification), 180.420 (Document retention period), 180.430 (Nonresident nonparticipating manufacturer service agent) and 180.440 (Prohibited conduct) and with rules adopted under ORS 180.445 (Quarterly escrow deposits) and 180.450 (Judicial review). [2003 c.801 §8; 2009 c.227 §1]

Note: See note under 180.400 (Legislative findings).

Chapter 180

Notes of Decisions

State Accident Insurance Fund Corpora­tion is subject to the pro­vi­sions of this chapter relating to legal representa­tion. Frohnmayer v. SAIF, 61 Or App 147, 655 P2d 1098 (1982), aff'd 294 Or 570, 660 P2d 1061 (1983)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Legal business of Oregon Medical Insurance Pool is not part of state's legal affairs and Attorney General may not provide advice or legal assistance to pool or its board of directors except at request of state of­fi­cer or agency, (1989) Vol 46, p 155


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 180—Attorney General; Department of Justice, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors180.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 180, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano180.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.