ORS 74.2070¹
Warranties of customer and collecting bank on transfer of item
  • dishonor of item
  • remedies
  • when claim accrues

(1) A customer or collecting bank that transfers an item and receives a settlement or other consideration warrants to the transferee and to any subsequent collecting bank that:

(a) The warrantor is a person entitled to enforce the item;

(b) All signatures on the item are authentic and authorized;

(c) The item has not been altered;

(d) The item is not subject to a defense or claim in recoupment under ORS 73.0305 (Defenses and claims in recoupment) (1) of any party that can be asserted against the warrantor;

(e) The warrantor has no knowledge of any insolvency proceeding commenced with respect to the maker or acceptor or, in the case of an unaccepted draft, the drawer; and

(f) If the item is a demand draft, creation of the item according to the terms on its face was authorized by the person identified as drawer.

(2) If an item is dishonored, a customer or collecting bank transferring the item and receiving settlement or other consideration is obliged to pay the amount due on the item according to the terms of the item at the time it was transferred, or if the transfer was of an incomplete item, according to its terms when completed as stated in ORS 73.0115 (Incomplete instrument) and 73.0407 (Alteration). The obligation of a transferor is owed to the transferee and to any subsequent collecting bank that takes the item in good faith. A transferor cannot disclaim its obligation under this subsection by an indorsement stating that it is made "without recourse" or otherwise disclaiming liability.

(3) A person to whom the warranties under subsection (1) of this section are made and who took the item in good faith may recover from the warrantor as damages for breach of warranty an amount equal to the loss suffered as a result of the breach, but not more than the amount of the item plus expenses and loss of interest incurred as a result of the breach.

(4) The warranties stated in subsection (1) of this section cannot be disclaimed with respect to checks. Unless notice of a claim for breach of warranty is given to the warrantor within 30 days after the claimant has reason to know of the breach and the identity of the warrantor, the warrantor is discharged to the extent of any loss caused by the delay in giving notice of the claim.

(5) A claim for relief for breach of warranty under this section accrues when the claimant has reason to know of the breach.

(6) If the warranty in subsection (1)(f) of this section is not given by a transferor under applicable conflict of law rules, then the warranty is not given to that transferor when that transferor is a transferee. [1961 c.726 §74.2070 (Warranties of customer and collecting bank on transfer of item); 1993 c.545 §90; 1997 c.822 §5]

Notes of Decisions

This statute does not authorize an award of attorney fees. Riedel v. First Na­tional Bank, 287 Or 285, 598 P2d 1302 (1978)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 74—Bank Deposits and Collections, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors74.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 74, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­074ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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