ORS 698.640¹
Requirements for auction sales, auctioneers and auction marts
  • violation as unlawful trade practice
  • penalty

Except as provided in ORS 698.650 (Exemptions), this section establishes requirements for auction sales, auctioneers and auction marts. The requirements under this section are in addition to any provisions relating to auctions under ORS 72.3280 (Sale by auction). A person who violates any requirement under this section commits an unlawful practice as described in ORS 646.608 (Additional unlawful business, trade practices) (1)(v). The requirements under this section are subject to enforcement and penalty as provided under ORS 646.605 (Definitions for ORS 646.605 to 646.652) to 646.652 (District attorney's reports to Attorney General). The following requirements are established for auction sales, auctioneers and auction marts as described:

(1) Any advertisement of an auction sale shall include the name of the auctioneer who will conduct the auction sale or the person responsible for the conduct of the auction sale.

(2) An auctioneer and the operator of an auction mart shall not use any method of bidding at an auction that will allow property to be purchased in an undisclosed manner on behalf of the auctioneer or auction mart operator.

(3) An auctioneer or auction mart operator shall not use any method of bidding at an auction that allows the auctioneer or auction mart operator to avoid selling any property offered for sale at auction.

(4) An auctioneer or auction mart operator shall not employ or use another person to act as a bidder or buyer at the auction on behalf of the auctioneer or operator of the auction mart.

(5) Any time an auctioneer or auction mart operator receives money that is owed to clients of the auctioneer or auction mart operator from the sale of the client’s goods, the auctioneer or auction mart operator must comply with all of the following if the money is not immediately paid to the client at the time of auction:

(a) Any such money maintained in an account must be kept in a trust account where the money is held in trust for the client and identified and accounted for separately in a manner that will allow the money to be distinguished from the moneys of the auctioneer or operator that are subject to the debts of the auctioneer or operator. The account required by this paragraph must be separate from any account used by the auctioneer or operator for personal reasons or other business reasons.

(b) The client has a right to an accounting from the auctioneer or auction mart operator for any money that the auctioneer or auction mart operator received in payment for the client’s goods that is not paid to the client.

(c) The auctioneer or auction mart operator must pay the client the money owed to the client before the end of 21 calendar days after the auction at which the client’s goods were sold unless the parties have mutually agreed to another time of payment in writing. [1965 c.313 §4; 1983 c.404 §2; 1985 c.822 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 698—Auctions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors698.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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