Advisory Opinions

FTC staff issue advisory opinions to help clarify FTC rules and decisions, often in response to requests from businesses and industry groups. To find a specific opinion, use the filters on this page.

Opinion 95-2

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.

Opinion 95-1

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.

Opinion 94-2

Concludes that the basic services fee may not be discounted; that consumers may add additional items to direct cremation, immediate burial, and forwarding and receiving remains without necessarily paying the full basic services fee;  that the Rule requires disclosure of separate prices on the general price list for on-site and off-site visitation and funeral services, even if the price is the same; and that funeral providers may not charge a non-declinable washing and disinfection fee for handling un-embalmed remains.

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