2015 ORS 31.300¹
Pleading requirements for actions against design professionals

(1) As used in this section, "design professional" means an architect, landscape architect, professional engineer or professional land surveyor registered under ORS chapter 671 or 672 or licensed to practice as an architect, landscape architect, professional engineer or professional land surveyor in another state.

(2) A complaint, cross-claim, counterclaim or third-party complaint asserting a claim against a design professional that arises out of the provision of services within the course and scope of the activities for which the person is registered or licensed may not be filed unless the claimant’s attorney certifies that the attorney has consulted a design professional with similar credentials who is qualified, available and willing to testify to admissible facts and opinions sufficient to create a question of fact as to the liability of the design professional. The certification must contain a statement that a design professional with similar credentials who is qualified to testify as to the standard of professional skill and care applicable to the alleged facts, is available and willing to testify that:

(a) The alleged conduct of the design professional failed to meet the standard of professional skill and care ordinarily provided by other design professionals with similar credentials, experience and expertise and practicing under the same or similar circumstances; and

(b) The alleged conduct was a cause of the claimed damages, losses or other harm.

(3) In lieu of providing the certification described in subsection (2) of this section, the claimant’s attorney may file with the court at the time of filing a complaint, cross-claim, counterclaim or third-party complaint an affidavit that states:

(a) The applicable statute of limitations is about to expire;

(b) The certification required under subsection (2) of this section will be filed within 30 days after filing the complaint, cross-claim, counterclaim or third-party complaint or such longer time as the court may allow for good cause shown; and

(c) The attorney has made such inquiry as is reasonable under the circumstances and has made a good faith attempt to consult with at least one registered or licensed design professional who is qualified to testify as to the standard of professional skill and care applicable to the alleged facts, as required by subsection (2) of this section.

(4) Upon motion of the design professional, the court shall enter judgment dismissing any complaint, cross-claim, counterclaim or third-party complaint against any design professional that fails to comply with the requirements of this section.

(5) This section applies only to a complaint, cross-claim, counterclaim or third-party complaint against a design professional by any plaintiff who:

(a) Is a design professional, contractor, subcontractor or other person providing labor, materials or services for the real property improvement that is the subject of the claim;

(b) Is the owner, lessor, lessee, renter or occupier of the real property improvement that is the subject of the claim;

(c) Is involved in the operation or management of the real property improvement that is the subject of the claim;

(d) Has contracted with or otherwise employed the design professional; or

(e) Is a person for whose benefit the design professional performed services. [2003 c.418 §1; 2015 c.610 §1]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 31—Tort Actions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors031.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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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