Tesla Motors Inc Direct Sale Model Under Attack In Missouri

Tesla Motors Inc Direct Sale Model Under Attack In Missouri
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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s policy of selling directly to consumers through its own retail outlets is under attack yet again, this by a last minute amendment to a bill working its way through the Missouri legislature that would ban the direct auto sales model. ‘

“This change is not an innocent, minor amendment. It is completely unrelated to the original bill, which was about laws regarding all-terrain vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles, and utility vehicles,” the company wrote in a blog post. “This extraordinary maneuver amounts to a sneak attack to thwart due process and hurt consumer freedom in Missouri.”

The original form of the law, which wouldn’t have impacted Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s sales model, was passed in the Missouri House on April 17 after months of debate, but the new version with language that would prevent direct selling was quietly passed in the Senate last night and will now be sent back to the House for a final vote.

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