ORS 72.6150¹
Excuse by failure of presupposed conditions

Except so far as a seller may have assumed a greater obligation and subject to the preceding section on substituted performance:

(1) Delay in delivery or nondelivery in whole or in part by a seller who complies with subsections (2) and (3) of this section is not a breach of duty under a contract for sale if performance as agreed has been made impracticable by the occurrence of a contingency the nonoccurrence of which was a basic assumption on which the contract was made or by compliance in good faith with any applicable foreign or domestic governmental regulation or order whether or not it later proves to be invalid.

(2) Where the causes mentioned in subsection (1) of this section affect only a part of the seller’s capacity to perform, the seller must allocate production and deliveries among customers but may at the option of the seller include regular customers not then under contract as well as the requirements of the seller for further manufacture. The seller may so allocate in any manner which is fair and reasonable.

(3) The seller must notify the buyer seasonably that there will be delay or nondelivery and, when allocation is required under subsection (2) of this section, of the estimated quota thus made available for the buyer. [1961 c.726 §72.6150 (Excuse by failure of presupposed conditions)]

Notes of Decisions

Where seller seasonably gives notice that delivery is impossible due to strike at supplier facility, performance qualifies as "impracticable." Glassner v. Northwest Lustre Craft Co., 39 Or App 175, 591 P2d 419 (1979)

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Law Review Cita­tions

53 OLR 468-473 (1974); 58 OLR 545 (1980)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 72—Sales, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors72.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 72, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­072ano.­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. Currency Information