California Civil Code
At least 48 hours prior to the execution of a seller assisted marketing plan contract or agreement or at least 48 hours prior to the receipt of any consideration, whichever occurs first, the seller or his or her representative shall provide to the prospective purchaser in writing a document entitled “SELLER ASSISTED MARKETING PLAN INFORMATION SHEET.” The seller may combine the information required under this section with the
information required under Section 1812.205 and, if done, shall utilize the single title “DISCLOSURES REQUIRED BY CALIFORNIA LAW,” and the title page required by Section 1812.205. If a combined document is used, it shall be given at the time required by Section 1812.205, provided that this time meets the 48-hour test of this section. The information sheet required by this section shall contain the following:
(a) The name of and the office held by the seller’s owners, officers, directors, trustees and general or limited partners, as the case may be, and the names of those individuals who have management responsibilities in connection with the seller’s business activities.
(b) A statement whether the seller, any person identified in subdivision (a), and any other company managed by a person identified in subdivision (a):
(1) Has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or pleaded nolo contendere to a felony or misdemeanor charge if the felony or misdemeanor involved an alleged violation of this title, fraud, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion or misappropriation of property.
(2) Has been held liable in a civil action by final judgment or consented to the entry of a stipulated judgment if the civil action alleged a violation of this title, fraud, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion or misappropriation of property or the use of untrue or misleading representations in an attempt to sell or dispose of real or personal property or the use of unfair, unlawful or deceptive business practices.
(3) Is subject to any currently effective agreement, injunction, or restrictive order, including, but not limited to, a “cease and desist” order, an “assurance of discontinuance,” or other comparable
agreement or order, relating to business activity as the result of an action or investigation brought by a public agency or department, including, but not limited to, an action affecting any vocational license.
The statements required by paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) of this subdivision shall set forth the terms of the agreement, or the court, the docket number of the matter, the date of the conviction or of the judgment and, when involved, the name of the governmental agency that initiated the investigation or brought the action resulting in the conviction or judgment.
(4) Has at any time during the previous seven fiscal years been the subject of an order for relief in bankruptcy, been reorganized due to insolvency, or been a principal, director, officer, trustee, general or limited partner, or had management responsibilities of any other person, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 1812.201, that
has so filed or was so reorganized, during or within one year after the period that the individual held that position. If so, the name and location of the person having so filed, or having been so reorganized, the date thereof, the court which exercised jurisdiction, and the docket number of the matter shall be set forth.
(c) The length of time the seller:
(1) Has sold seller assisted marketing plans.
(2) Has sold the specific seller assisted marketing plan being offered to the purchaser.
(d) If the seller is required to secure a bond or establish a trust account pursuant to the requirements of Section 1812.204, the information sheet shall state either:
(1) “Seller has secured a bond
(name and address of surety company)
a surety company admitted to do business in this state. Before signing a contract to purchase this seller assisted marketing plan, you should check with the surety company to determine the bond’s current status,” or
(2) “Seller has deposited with the office of the Attorney General information regarding its trust account. Before signing a contract to purchase this seller assisted
marketing plan, you should check with the Attorney General to determine the current status of the trust account.”
(e) A copy of a recent, not more than 12 months old, financial statement of the seller, together with a statement of any material changes in the financial condition of the seller from the date thereof. That financial statement shall either be audited or be under penalty of perjury signed by one of the seller’s officers, directors, trustees or general or limited partners. The declaration under penalty of perjury shall indicate that to the best of the signatory’s knowledge and belief the information in the financial statement is true and accurate; the date of signature and the location where signed shall also be indicated. Provided, however, that where a seller is a subsidiary of another corporation which is permitted by generally accepted accounting standards to prepare financial statements on a consolidated basis, the above
information may be submitted in the same manner for the parent if the corresponding financial statement of the seller is also provided and the parent absolutely and irrevocably has agreed to guarantee all obligations of the seller.
(f) An unexecuted copy of the entire seller assisted marketing plan contract.
(g) For purposes of this section, “seller’s owners” means any individual who holds an equity interest of at least 10 percent in the seller.