Tesla Cries Foul Over NJ's Direct Consumer Sales Ban

Law360, New York (March 11, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey regulation prohibiting Tesla Motors Inc.'s direct sales model passed on Tuesday, drawing a fiery rebuke from the electric car maker that accused the administration of Gov. Chris Christie of breaking its word and capitulating to the dealership "monopoly."

In an official blog post, California-based Tesla ripped the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission rule preventing it from bypassing dealers as an "affront to the very concept of a free market." The state had promised Tesla for months to delay the rule and defer any...
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