Judge says Tesla can't sell directly to Missouri customers

2 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 01 2016 Sep 1, 2016 Thursday, September 01, 2016 10:52:29 AM CDT September 01, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri circuit judge has ruled that an electric car maker cannot sell its vehicles directly to customers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Wednesday that the Missouri Revenue Department violated state law by licensing California-based Tesla Motors as a franchise.

That designation gave the company the ability to sell cars to customers instead of working through a dealership. The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association in response sued the Revenue Department, saying it gave Tesla special privileges.

Tesla had called the lawsuit an attempt to decrease competition.

A spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office, which represents the Revenue Department, says it's reviewing the ruling.

Tesla didn't immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment Thursday.

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