re: Independent provider association composed of eleven neuorologists in the Los Angeles area
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Possible availability of the "fractional franchise" exemption to a franchisor of an "affiliation" franchise covered by the Rule and otherwise subject to its disclosure requirements.
Possible applicability of Rule to licensing arrangement in which the seller becomes a minority shareholder entitled to a percentage of the profits of a corporation formed by the purchaser.
Apparent applicability of Rule to licensing arrangement in which seller provides significant assistance and exercises significant control by restricting geographic territories in which licensees can solicit business.
re: Physician network of osteopathic services providers
Discusses the "required payment" coverage prerequisite, concluding that Rule coverage will not be triggered by the fact that a seller obtains collateral as security for a non-negotiable note due more than six months after a purchaser opens his or her business.
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 material to the claims.
re: Sales of pharmaceuticals by non-profit hospital to patients of the hospital’s cancer treatment center)