2007 ORS 180.545¹
Plain language standards
  • approval
  • fees

(1) The agency to whom a consumer contract is submitted under ORS 180.540 (Review of consumer contracts for conformity with plain language standards) shall review the contract to determine whether it complies with plain language standards. A consumer contract complies with plain language standards if it:

(a) Uses words that convey meanings clearly and directly;

(b) Uses the present tense and active voice whenever possible;

(c) Primarily uses simple sentences;

(d) Defines only those words that cannot be properly explained or qualified in the text;

(e) Explains at the beginning that the form is a contract between parties;

(f) Uses margins adequate for ease in reading; and

(g) Uses frequent section headings, in a narrative format, to help locate provisions.

(2) If the agency determines that the consumer contract complies with the standards in subsection (1) of this section, the agency shall certify to that effect to the seller or extender of credit who submitted the contract for review.

(3) An agency reviewing contracts under this section shall charge a reasonable fee for reviewing each consumer contract. The agency may require payment of the fee when the contract is submitted for review. Fees received under this section shall be disposed of as follows:

(a) Fees received by the Department of Justice shall be credited to the Department of Justice Operating Account.

(b) Fees received by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services shall be credited to the Consumer and Business Services Fund. [1985 c.587 §§2,7,10]

Note: See note under 180.540 (Review of consumer contracts for conformity with plain language standards).

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/­180.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 180, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­180ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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.