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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)
Apparent applicability of Rule to company providing locator services to business opportunity purchasers while also offering to sell vending machines.
re: Network of ambulance and ambulette services providers formed to contract for transportation services with third party payers
re: Corporate restructuring of nonprofit hospital corporation
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.