- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Administrative Law
- Date Filed: 01-16-2013
- Case #: A147147
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Duncan, P.J. for the Court; Haselton, C.J.; and Rasmussen, J.
- Full Text Opinion
Tran sought review of a decision by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board) after its determination that Tran had committed more than 800 violations of the provisions of ORS chapter 684, and imposed civil penalties in the amount of $201,250 for unlicensed practice within the state. Tran argued that the Board lacked authority to discipline him because he did not and had never obtained a license from the Board. The Court of Appeals looked to the statutory language of ORS 684.100(1)(p) and the legislative history and determined that the legislature intended to convey power to the Board to discipline individuals practicing chiropractic without a license. Tran further argued that the Board lacked authority to impose a civil penalty of $10,000 in a single disciplinary proceeding. He contended that while ORS 684.100(9)(f) authorizes a maximum penalty of $10,000, but it does not specify whether that means $10,000 per violation or per hearing. Therefore, in absence of specificity, he argued, it should be construed as $10,000 per hearing. The Court looked to the language of ORS 684.100(9)(f) and determined that the drafters intended to authorize the Board to impose $10,000 per violation. Affirmed.