Tesla has been confronted with multiple legal disputes in recent months as certain states try to prevent the company from selling directly to consumers. At least one more state is giving in and will not block Tesla from selling to consumers. A law has been enacted in New York that lets the car company sell directly to consumers in its five current locations, but any future locations must be dealerships. This compromise will at least allow Tesla to maintain its presence in the state.
In most states, Tesla has been forced to strike a deal with legislators, even though its direct sales model is not something that hurts consumers. Instead, the sales model only hurts dealerships, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made that point very clear. When New Jersey was trying to ban the sales model, Musk went as far as to call the state corrupt because it gave in to the auto dealership lobby.
Just shortly after the New Jersey ruling was overturned, Tesla has been given the OK to continue with its sales in New York. There are still some states that Tesla may not be allowed to sell in due to antiquated laws that favor dealerships.