ORS 701.640¹
Prohibition against contrary provisions, covenants or clauses

(1) A construction contract may not include any provision, covenant or clause that:

(a) Makes the construction contract subject to the laws of another state or that requires any litigation, arbitration or other dispute resolution proceeding arising from the construction contract to be conducted in another state; or

(b) States that a party to the construction contract cannot suspend performance under the construction contract or terminate the construction contract if another party to the construction contract fails to make prompt payments under the construction contract pursuant to ORS 701.620 (Definitions for ORS 701.620 to 701.640) to 701.640 (Prohibition against contrary provisions, covenants or clauses).

(2) Any provision, covenant or clause described in subsection (1) of this section is void and unenforceable. [2003 c.675 §58; 2011 c.553 §5]

Note: See note under 701.620 (Definitions for ORS 701.620 to 701.640).

Chapter 701

Notes of Decisions

This is a remedial statute made for the protec­tion of the building business and of people dealing with builders who might be irresponsible; it should be read as a whole and liberally construed to accomplish its purpose. Robinson v. Builders Bd., 20 Or App 340, 531 P2d 752 (1975)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Lack of authority for director to appoint executive secretary for board, (1971) Vol 35, p 930; inap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty of this chapter to business of construc­tion or installa­tion of fences, sidewalks, septic tanks, wells and underground sprinkling systems, (1972) Vol 35, p 1278; mobile home as per­sonal or real prop­erty under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; applica­tion of Homebuilders Law to mobile homes, (1978) Vol 38, p 693

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 701—Construction Contractors and Contracts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors701.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 701, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano701.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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