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re: OPEN's intention to establish a network of independent community pharmacies and pharmacists
Discusses the meaning of "commercial relationship
re: Sales of pharmaceuticals by non-profit skilled nursing facility to volunteers working at the center
Discusses the application of the Franchise Rule to free-standing sandwhich shops.
Discusses whether the sale of a pay telephone business opportunity meets the Rule's "continuing commercial relationship" requirement
Clarifies a previous opinion addressing when a future payment may satisfy the Rule's minimum payment requirement.
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 state law.
Apparent applicability of Rule to a sale of assets by owners of a laundry and dry cleaning plant and 13 satellite facilities, where purchasers would acquire three or more locations, have the option to use the seller's trademark and be required to comply with the seller's pricing restrictions.
re: Independent provider association composed of eleven neuorologists in the Los Angeles area
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.