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Aspiring Tesla owners just suffered a legal setback in Missouri

They call it the Show Me State, but don’t bother showing me a Tesla.  The electric carmaker suffered a legal setback today when a circuit court judge ruled that it is not a franchised auto dealer and therefore should not be licensed to sell cars in the state of Missouri. As the Associated Press reported, … Continue reading “Aspiring Tesla owners just suffered a legal setback in Missouri”

They call it the Show Me State, but don’t bother showing me a Tesla. 

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The electric carmaker suffered a legal setback today when a circuit court judge ruled that it is not a franchised auto dealer and therefore should not be licensed to sell cars in the state of Missouri. As the Associated Press reported, the Missouri Auto Dealers Association, a trade group, sued the state’s revenue department arguing that Tesla’s direct-to-consumer business model violates a state law that requires car manufacturers to sell cars through dealerships. Tesla has the revenue department on its side, but a judge ruled in favor of the trade group’s motion for summary judgement. The ruling could mean that Tesla’s license won’t be renewed. 

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