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Tesla wins legal battle over Missouri licenses to sell cars

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - An appeals court has ruled that electric car maker Tesla Inc. can continue to sell its vehicles directly to consumers in Missouri.

The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Auto Dealers Association.

A Cole County judge ruled last year that the Missouri Revenue Department violated state law by granting licenses that allowed the automaker to sell cars directly to customers instead of through a dealership.

The dealership association argued the state gave Tesla special privileges because other manufacturers provide cars to franchised dealerships to sell.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the appellate court ruled Tuesday that the association lacked standing to sue. The court reversed the lower court's ruling and dismissed the petition.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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