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Anti-Free Market Car Dealers Sue Tesla, Citing State Franchise Laws

Tesla Motors usually makes headlines for its technology. Its new Model S is the first entirely electric vehicle to be named car of the year by Automobile Magazine.

Friday's news is less flattering: A judge in New York will take up a lawsuit against the company about how Tesla sells its cars.

When Mark Seeger bought a Tesla in Seattle, he was actually just looking for a pair of shoes.

"I was looking for a Banana Republic 50 percent-off sale," he says. "I had no intention of going into Tesla or buying a car that day."

Then he walked past Tesla Motors' Bellevue, Wash., showroom. It's one of a handful of Tesla's company-owned stores. Within five minutes, he'd put down a deposit for an electric car that costs more than $50,000.

"This is the most expensive impulse buy I've ever done," he says.

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Interesting, but vague

The article mentions "the law," but what law are they refering to? It sounds like contract law? But, being that Tesla is kinda outside the regular auto dealership box, I doubt if they signed onto "the law" in question....?

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What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks