August 27, 2010, Newsletter Issue #175: Oregon Collection Agency Laws

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Following is some important information on Oregon state statute of limitations including: Oregon Statutes, Oregon Judgments, Oregon Garnishments, Oregon Interest Rates, Oregon Bad Check Laws and Oregon Collection Agency Requirements.

INTEREST RATE
Statutory + Judgment: 9% simple interest per annum (Unless specified by contract)

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS (IN YEARS)
Open Acct.: 6
Sale of Goods: 6 (4 yrs UCC Transaction)
Written Contract: 6
Domestic Judgment: 10 - Renewable at 10
Foreign Judgment: 10

BAD CHECK LAWS (CIVIL PENALTY)
Can recover reasonable attorney fees & statutory damages of three times the amount of the NSF check plus$500 if demand letter is sent to debtor 30 days before suit is filed.

GENERAL GARNISHMENT EXEMPTIONS
75% of disposable earnings or 40 x fed. min. hourly wage.

COLLECTION AGENCY BOND & LICENSE
Bond: No
License: Registration only
Fee: Established by director
Exemption for out-of-state collectors: Contact state authorities. Out-of-state agencies may be exempt if [1] collecting for out-of-state client; [2] the debt was incurred by an Oregonian outside the state; and [3] the state where the collection agency is headquartered has a registration program comparable to Oregon's law.

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