The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association will appeal a June court decision allowing Tesla Inc. to continue operating a suburban Richmond, Va., store.
The June 21 ruling by Richmond Circuit Court Judge Gregory Rupe means Tesla can keep selling vehicles directly to consumers outside of a state prohibition on automaker ownership of dealerships, VADA CEO Don Hall said in a statement Thursday.
“The law of the Commonwealth exists to protect Virginia consumers and we are appealing the Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the integrity of our motor vehicle dealer franchise statute,” Hall said in the statement. “The Circuit Court decision allowed the ruling of the Commissioner to stand, but the Judge expressed serious misgivings about the lack of evidence and the Commissioner’s decision to allow Tesla to continue to operate in a way wholly inconsistent with the intent of the law and the General Assembly.”
Hall added that the law “prohibits the kind of vertical monopolies that Tesla is…