The Wall Street Journal: Telsa files lawsuit to sell cars directly to consumers in Michigan

Tesla Motors Inc. filed suit Thursday after Michigan denied it a license to open a store to sell directly to customers, saying a state law violates its constitutional rights and protects hometown rivals such as General Motors Co.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, names three state officials: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the latter whose department rejected Tesla’s application for a dealership license last week.

“We are currently reviewing the suit,” a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

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