Apparent applicability of the Franchise Rule to a commercial real estate affiliation program. Discusses in detail the likely availability of the fractional franchise exemption to the affiliation arrangement.
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to vending machine manufacturers and independent marketing companies. An exhaustive discussion of the coverage issues arising in the sale of business opportunity ventures.
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to a not-for-profit education program. Discusses the lack of a "continuing commercial relationship."
Inappplicability of the Franchise Rule to possible co-branding relationship in which a licensor's system is to be sub-licensed by a third party franchisor to its franchesees, even though the license to the franchisor is covered by the Rule.
Discusses whether the required payment element is satisfied if the franchisee pays no initial up-front franchise fee, but leases the premises and equipment from the restaurant-franchisor, pays a "working capital" deposit, and must permit the withdrawal of funds from a shared...
Addresses a request to conduct a demonstration project for electronic compliance with the Franchise Rule.
Provides guidance on how a franchisor may comply with the Franchise Rule via the Internet.
Discusses the application of the Franchise Rule to a program offering advertising opportunities involving Internet Web sites.
Discusses the application of the Franchise Rule to a web-based travel service.
Discusses whether franchisors can seek leads by placing advertisements on employment websites.
Discusses the applicability of the Franchise Rule to a license to use a method designed to increase sales of experienced businesses.
Apparent applicability of Franchise Rule to distributorships for the sale of print advertising in regional or national publications.
Addresses the preparation of auditied financial statements following a corporate restructuring and change in fiscal year.
Addresses the Franchise Rule's single trademark license exclusion.
Determines that the Rule does not prevent a franchisor from amending its disclosure document and franchise agreement after the tender of a signed contract and payment from a prospective franchisee, and that the question of whether a contract was formed by the tender is a matter of...
Discusses business consultants' obligation to furnish disclosure documents.
Responds to requests for clarification of Advisory 99-6 addressing business consultants' disclosure obigations.
Discusses disclosure updating requirements, concluding that the Rule permits an additional update after the most recent quarterly update to disclose new litigation against a franchisor, but requires such an update only if the franchisor makes earnings claims and the litigation is...
Discusses whether a non-profit, tax exempt corporation qualifies as a "franchisor" under the Franchise Rule.
Apparent applicability of Rule to company providing locator services to business opportunity purchasers while also offering to sell vending machines.