Tesla Michigan Stories December 12, 2017

As part of its current legal battle over the right to sell its electric cars directly to customers in the state of Michigan, Tesla is trying to subpoena communications between automakers, auto dealers, and legislators over the law that banned direct sales from automakers.

They have been trying to get the communications from three specific auto dealers and today, a judge denied an appeal from those dealerships, which should force them to turn over their communications to Tesla’s legal team.

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Tesla Michigan Stories July 13, 2017

Tesla’s lawsuit against the state of Michigan is getting more interesting with every development as it shines a light on the role of lobbyists who clearly want to stay in the dark.

After two legislators, now a lobbyist for the car dealers association is fighting Tesla’s subpoena to make him disclose communications he had relating to the bill that resulted in the direct sales ban that is currently blocking Tesla from selling its vehicles in the state. expand full story

Tesla Michigan Stories June 16, 2017

Michigan is the most populated state in the US that still doesn’t have a Tesla store or service center. It’s not for lack of trying on Tesla’s part. The company has been trying to obtain a dealer license, but a 2014 law prohibiting direct sales from automakers has been preventing them.

Their latest attempt has been through the court since they filed a lawsuit against the state last year after claiming that the ban on direct sales violates commerce laws and that it was pushed by car dealers and GM.

As part of the discovery for the suit, Tesla is trying to force two lawmakers to turn over any communication with car dealer and automaker lobbyists, but the state is trying to prevent that. And the reason they are giving is almost incriminating.

Update: Judge ruled this morning that they will have to produce all 3rd party communications regarding Tesla and the legislation.

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Tesla Michigan Stories December 20, 2016

Tesla’s battle to sell its vehicles and serve its existing customers directly in Michigan took an absurd turn last week. Tesla has been trying to open a store and service center in Michigan for the better part of the last 3 years, but it hasn’t been able to get around state laws, which is why it sued the state earlier this year.

Responding to the lawsuit last week, the state claimed that Tesla hasn’t tried to sell its cars directly in the state – something illegal under state law in Michigan and the reason why the company is suing the state. expand full story

Tesla Michigan Stories December 2, 2016

Michigan is the home state of the Big Three automakers and the most populated state in the US that still doesn’t have a Tesla store or service center. For that, you can thank a law backed by GM and local dealerships that prohibit automakers from operating car dealers in the state.

Tesla has been trying to open a store and service center in Michigan for the better part of the last 3 years, but it wasn’t able to get around the law, which is why it sued the state earlier this year. While the case is in court, Tesla went ahead and opened a showroom in Troy yesterday – something that pushes the boundaries of Michigan’s direct sales law. expand full story

Tesla Michigan Stories September 29, 2016

Last week, we reported on Tesla filing a lawsuit against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials over the ban on direct car sales from automakers to consumers. The suit was filed after the Secretary of State denied Tesla’s application for a dealer license due to a law preventing an automaker from operating a car dealership.

Tesla claims that the law “violates the Due Process, Equal Protection, and Commerce Clauses of the Constitution”.

Gov Snyder commented on the situation for the first time this week and while he says that he is open to working with Tesla, he insists that they have to go through dealerships, which is really the only matter at hand in this situation. expand full story

Tesla Michigan Stories September 22, 2016

After months at a standstill at the Michigan Secretary of State office, Tesla’s application for a dealership license in order to service and sales its vehicles in the state was rejected earlier this month.

Electrek has learned today that Tesla filed a lawsuit against the state in order “to vindicate its rights under the United States Constitution to sell and service its critically-acclaimed, all-electric vehicles at Tesla-owned facilities in the State of Michigan”. expand full story

Tesla Michigan Stories September 16, 2016

Michigan is the most populated state in the US that still doesn’t have a Tesla store or service center. It’s not because Tesla doesn’t want to open one. The company has plans to open a location in Detroit for over 2 years now, but the state direct sales law is banning the automaker from operating a store without going through a third-party dealer.

Again this week, Tesla lost another battle in the state as the Michigan Secretary of State upheld a decision to again deny a dealer license to the automaker for the Detroit store. expand full story

Tesla Michigan Stories July 28, 2016

After the update on Tesla’s challenge of direct sales law in the Utah Supreme Court earlier this week, we have another development in Tesla’s fight to sell its vehicles directly to consumers. In order to promote a new legislation to allow Tesla to sell its vehicles without having to go through third-party dealerships, as the law forces automakers to do in Michigan, Tesla owners are giving test drives circumventing the ban. expand full story

Tesla Michigan Stories May 13, 2016

Tesla first applied for a car dealership and repair license in Michigan over 6 months ago. The automaker reapplied again 3 months ago and the license still hasn’t been approved and the application is at a standstill at the Secretary of State’s Office.

The company appears to be at an impasse, Detroit News reports:

“In the most recent development, the Secretary of State’s Office put the automaker’s applications for dealership and service facilities at a standstill by requesting two weeks ago that the applicant submit proof it is a franchised dealer. If it doesn’t, the state will not rule on Tesla’s applications.”

The word “franchise” is the problem here. The application was made by the company and the state is aware of it. While a new bill that would allow Tesla to own a car dealership in the state has been proposed, the company didn’t have a good experience with the legislative process in Michigan before and it is now considering to bring the matter to the courts. expand full story

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