There’s a famous old political adage — “where you stand is where sit” (also known as Miles’ Law) — meaning basically that government policy positions are dictated more by agency imperative and institutional memory than objective consideration of the public interest. A related concept is “regulatory capture,” where administrative agencies over time become defenders of the status quo and pursue objectives more for regulated firms […]
Three high-level FTC staffers are backing Tesla in its ongoing fight to sell electric cars directly to consumers.
The legal process is increasingly being used by incumbent industries to thwart change with that ancient mantra of obsolescent businesses, “consumer protection.”
Tesla is going to have to slog through a long and extremely expensive 50-state battle against archaic dealer-protection laws to implement its business model. Wish them luck.