Tesla sues Michigan officials for right to sell cars directly in the state

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On Thursday, Tesla filed a lawsuit against three Michigan officials (PDF)—Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Governor Rick Snyder—on the grounds that the state is violating the electric vehicle company’s right to sell Teslas directly from the manufacturer instead of through a dealer.

Section 445.1574 of Michigan’s code prohibits any auto manufacturer from being able to “Sell any new motor vehicle directly to a retail...

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