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Tesla Sues Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to Sell Cars in the State

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is pictured on Jan. 27, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan.
Brett Carlsen—Getty Images Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is pictured on Jan. 27, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan.

The automaker is fighting a state law that forbids it from selling vehicles directly to consumers in Michigan

Tesla on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Michigan officials in an effort to strike down a law that prohibits the company from selling vehicles directly to consumers in the state.

The electric car company said in its complaint that the lawsuit’s aim is to “vindicate” the company’s rights under the U.S. Constitution to “sell and service” its vehicles at Tesla-owned facilities in Michigan.

The suit comes a week after Michigan officials rejected Tesla’s request for a license to open a Tesla dealership in the state, Fortune reports. It names Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder as defendants.

Tesla said it has been battling state officials since 2014 when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that forbid Tesla from selling directly to consumers in the state.

“Tesla will continue to fight for the rights of Michigan consumers to be able to choose how they buy cars in Michigan,” the company said in a statement.

Snyder’s office said it does not comment on pending lawsuits.

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