Tesla’s license to sell cars at its Missouri showrooms expired Saturday after a circuit judge’s decision this week.
The California-based electric car maker lost a court battle in August when Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green ruled that Tesla is not a franchisee and its motor vehicle dealer licenses should not be renewed by the Missouri Department of Revenue.
On Wednesday, the judge denied Tesla’s motion to stay, or temporarily halt, the judgment while the ruling is appealed. Tesla’s motor vehicle licenses for its stores in University City and Kansas City expired Saturday.
In 2015, after Tesla was issued dealer licenses for its two Missouri stores, the Missouri Auto Dealers Association sued the revenue department, alleging Tesla’s direct-to-consumer model violates state law. MADA is a Jefferson City-based trade group that represents new-car and new-truck dealers.
In his ruling in favor of MADA’s motion for summary judgment in August, Judge Green wrote that “a single entity may not manufacture vehicles for sale in Missouri and possess a Missouri new motor vehicle dealer license,” under state law.
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