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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00

Supreme Court Justice Rules Tesla Can Sell Cars Directly to Massachusetts Buyers

MA’s highest court handed Tesla Motors a victory on Sept. 15, ruling that car dealers don’t have standing to sue the electric-car manufacturer for selling directly to customers at its Natick store.

The ruling upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association (MSADA) and some individual dealers, who had argued that Tesla was trying to circumvent state law and operate an automobile dealership without the required license.

Since the lawsuit was filed, Natick officials have granted Tesla a dealership license, the state’s highest court noted.


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