Tesla Wins Direct Sales Fight In Massachusetts | Jalopnik.com


Tesla Wins Direct Sales Fight In Massachusetts | Jalopnik.com

As Tesla Motors continues its state-by-state fight for its right to sell cars direct to the consumer, it can mark off the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as another battleground settled in its favor.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled in Tesla’s favor in a lawsuit filed two years ago by the state’s auto dealer association.

That group claimed Tesla’s direct sales method violated existing laws, but the court ruled that the law was designed only to prevent “competition between independent dealers and company-owned stores of the same manufacturer.” Since Tesla has no independent franchises, it’s not in violation of the law.

As the Journal notes, the decision in Massachusetts could predict the way legal fights in other states could go. New Jersey’s franchise law, for example, is structured a similar way, and Tesla currently has a lawsuit challenging a Motor Vehicle Commission decision that revoked their sales license.

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