The roundtable, which was free and open to the public, examined the Commission’s proposed amendments to the Rule set forth in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published on September 20, 2012.
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to a hotel management arrangement. Discusses the "significant assistance" coverage element.
Applicability of the Franchise Rule to a turn-key dry cleaning franchise. Discusses "significant assistance" coverage element.
Apparent applicability of the Franchise Rule to mobile food and soft drink trucks identified by a common name. Discusses significant control and required payment elements.
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.
Apparent inapplicablity of Franchise Rule to manufacturer's dealership program in which sole arguable payment to the manufacturer would occur, if at all, as a result of manufacturer's right to share in the proceeds of any sale of dealership assets.
Compliance obligation of franchisors to include, in required disclosures about contractual provisions regarding termination of the franchise, information about actual policies and practices of the franchisor. Discusses obligation to disclose such policies as permitting franchisees to...
Compliance obligation of franchisor and area sub-franchisor to prepare annual update of joint disclosure statement within 90 days of the close of different fiscal years.
Discusses the applicability of the Telemarketing Sales Rule to third-party telemarketing companies hired by an insurance company to sell insurance products.
Apparent applicability of the Franchise Rule to a joint venture and license agreement. Discusses the ineffectiveness of transfers to affiliated companies of ownership of the mark and of franchisee waivers to avoid coverage or compliance obligations.
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."
Inapplicability of the Franchise Rule retroactively where the parties anticipated at the time of the purchase that the Rule would not apply because the only required payments were deferred until at least six months after the business opened. Concludes that the result does not change...
Apparent applicability of Franchise Rule to licensing to hospitals of a Travel Health Program, discussing whether the program's assistance is "significant" to the hospital's "entire method of operation."
Apparent applicability of the Franchise Rule to a log cabin distributorship. Discusses the criteria for coverage of product franchises, including the required payment element, and the fractional franchise exemption.
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.
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 home-care services sub-contracting arrangement. Discusses "significant control or assistance" and "required payment" coverage elements, and "fractional franchise" exemption.
Apparent inapplicability of Franchise Rule disclosure requirements to grant of additional franchises to existing franchisee where there are no material charges.