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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.
Discusses the circumstances under which, in providing earnings information to loan processing officials at lending institutions to assist prospective franchisees in obtaining loans, franchisors may not be obligated to provide earnings claim disclosures.
Discusses the meaning of "commercial relationship
Discusses whether the franchisor's or franchisee's degree of controlling interest in an outlet affects the application of the Franchise Rule.
Provides guidance on how a franchisor may comply with the Franchise Rule via the Internet.
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.
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.
Addresses the preparation of auditied financial statements following a corporate restructuring and change in fiscal year.
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 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.

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