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re: Physician network of orthopaedic services providers
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to a sub-agency licensing arrangement for cellular phone services. Discusses the "required payment" coverage element and the "minimum investment" exclusion from the Rule's disclosure obligation.
re: a purchasing joint venture in AL
re: HMO joint venture in four counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Kern
re: to operate jointly a new hospital in Chattanooga
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to a not-for-profit education program. Discusses the lack of a "continuing commercial relationship."
Adequacy of predecessor company's unaudited financial statements to comply with required disclosure of the financial statements of a newly formed franchisor, and to provide substantiation for earnings claims by the new franchisor.
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to a turn-key dry cleaning franchise. Discusses "significant assistance" coverage element.
re: Primary care physician network joint venture
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to a home-care services sub-contracting arrangement. Discusses "significant control or assistance" and "required payment" coverage elements, and "fractional franchise" exemption.
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to computer software distributorship enabling health care providers to order medical and office supplies. Discusses applicability of the Rule to "distributorships" and the "significant control or assistance" coverage element.
re: Limited liability company composed of physician cardiovascular services practices
re: Proposed exclusive provider organization to provide dental services to beneficiaries of third party health benefits plans
re: Legality of "exclusive dental plans"; proposed dental society disciplinary action against dentists sponsoring such plans