Last Thursday, the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC) announced a “Main Street Matters” Class Action Lawsuit
OSCC has arrived at the conclusion that their only opportunity to find redress in this state for our small businesses who have been forced to close will be to have their day in court.
In a demand letter sent in September to the Governor’s office, lawyers for the lawsuit outlined the basis for requesting compensation from the state for impacted business and outlined business classes included in the suit. These include:
Barber shops and hair salons
Fraternal organization facilities
Gyms and fitness studios
Indoor and Outdoor Malls
Indoor party places
Jewelry shops and boutiques
Non-Medical massage therapy
Nail and tanning salons
Non-tribal card rooms
Senior activity centers
Social and private clubs
These business types are automatically enrolled in this class action.
OSCC is not challenging the Governor’s authority to use emergency powers. Rather, they are seeking enforcement of the law that requires compensation for the use of those emergency powers when they involve the taking of “real or personal property.” (ORS 401.192(3))
This lawsuit is in its infancy. OSCC seeks momentum and support from local business communities across Oregon.
Please visit the OSCC webpage to learn more about Main Street Matters.