In my state, if you sell more than 5-8 cars a year, you have to get a dealers' license. Doesn't matter if they're old, new, salvage, etc, you hit that number, you'd better have a license from the state to sell cars.
Do I agree with the law? No, I think it violates the concept of free enterprise.
Is it the law? Yes, and in that every single person, corporate or otherwise, is required to follow it.
Assuming TFS is accurate (a dangerous assumption to make, I know), it sounds like the situation is thus:
- Georgia says, "if you sell more than X cars in this state, you have to have a dealership."
- Tesla responds, "OK, we'll sell less than X, so we can avoid that requirement."
So far, everything seems cool.
- GADA says "we're pretty sure Tesla has sold more than X cars, thus would be in violation of the law"
- Georgia asks Tesla, "How many cars have you sold in this state this year?"
- Tesla is thus far mum on the topic.
Again, presuming that this is a fairly accurate depiction of the circumstances... what makes Tesla the victim here? The fact that a competitor is claiming that they may have broken the law?