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Tesla Finally Lands Win In Ongoing Direct-Sales Battle

• by Steven Loveday

The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association (MADA), along with a local automobile dealer, and a mobile home manufacturer recently went to bat against the Silicon Valley automaker. A lower court had moved to revoke Tesla's license to sell, but the appeals court overturned that ruling.

When then lower court ruled not to renew the automaker's license, Tesla had to temporarily close up shop at its Kansas City and University City stores. However, the higher court allowed the company to immediately reopen during the appeal proceedings.

MADA, Reuther Ford, and Osage Industries asserted that their right as economic competitors and taxpayers allowed them to sue Tesla in an attempt to get the automaker's sales license revoked. The appeals court disagreed. The court believes that its ruling was:

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