2017 ORS 279C.465¹
Action against successful bidder
  • amount of damages
  • when action to be commenced
  • defenses

(1) Any person that loses a competitive bid or proposal for a contract involving the construction, repair, remodeling, alteration, conversion, modernization, improvement, rehabilitation, replacement or renovation of a building or structure may bring an action for damages against another person who is awarded the contract for which the bid or proposal was made if the person making the losing bid or proposal can establish that the other person knowingly violated ORS 279C.840 (Payment of prevailing rate of wage), 656.017 (Employer required to pay compensation and perform other duties), 657.505 (Payment of and liability for taxes), 701.021 (License requirement) or 701.026 (Subcontractor licensing) while performing the work under the contract, or knowingly failed to pay to the Department of Revenue all sums withheld from employees under ORS 316.167 (Withholding of tax required).

(2) A person bringing an action under this section must establish a violation of ORS 279C.840 (Payment of prevailing rate of wage), 316.167 (Withholding of tax required), 656.017 (Employer required to pay compensation and perform other duties), 657.505 (Payment of and liability for taxes), 701.021 (License requirement) or 701.026 (Subcontractor licensing) by a preponderance of the evidence.

(3) Upon establishing that the violation occurred, the person shall recover, as liquidated damages, 10 percent of the total amount of the contract or $5,000, whichever is greater.

(4) In any action under this section, the prevailing party is entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees.

(5) An action under this section must be commenced within two years of the substantial completion of the construction, repair, remodeling, alteration, conversion, modernization, improvement, rehabilitation, replacement or renovation. For the purposes of this subsection, “substantial completion” has the meaning given that term in ORS 12.135 (Action for damages from construction, alteration or repair of improvement to real property).

(6) A person may not recover any amounts under this section if the defendant in the action establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that the plaintiff:

(a) Was in violation of ORS 701.021 (License requirement) or 701.026 (Subcontractor licensing) at the time of making the bid or proposal on the contract;

(b) Was in violation of ORS 316.167 (Withholding of tax required), 656.017 (Employer required to pay compensation and perform other duties) or 657.505 (Payment of and liability for taxes) with respect to any employees of the plaintiff as of the time of making the bid or proposal on the contract; or

(c) Was in violation of ORS 279C.840 (Payment of prevailing rate of wage) with respect to any contract performed by the plaintiff within one year before making the bid or proposal on the contract at issue in the action. [2003 c.794 §135; 2007 c.836 §44]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 279C—Public Improvements and Related Contracts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors279C.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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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