When Tesla Motors isn't putting out fires of the real or public relations variety, the electric-car maker contends with a steady stream of legal conflicts that have flared up across the country.
Quibbles over laws regulating car dealerships have become somewhat routine for Tesla, with past or ongoing legal conflicts in Texas, New York and Massachusetts. Earlier this month, the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association and several dealerships—including Mercedes, Lexus and Ford franchises—became the latest group to challenge Tesla's direct-to-consumer business model in court.
The group filed a lawsuit on Dec. 11, accusing the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of improperly granting Tesla a motor vehicle dealer license and that the automaker does not meet the state's criteria for a car dealership. The association's president, Tim Doran, told CNBC on Monday that it's not Tesla's potentially disruptive business model or product that upsets the group.
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"We're not anti-Tesla," Doran said on "Squawk on the Street." "We just want to make sure the integrity of the law is upheld. ... People get very concerned and skeptical over government when they kind of make the rules up when they go along or when they change the rules for different parties."