On January 19, 2016, the FTC held a one-day public workshop on Auto Distribution: Current Issues & Future Trends. It was attended by Todd Maron, general counsel and secretary of Tesla Motors, many very well-respected economists, FTC officials, antitrust legal scholars, automobile dealership representatives and their lobbyists. Attendee bios, workshop transcripts, and videos are all available at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/eve...uto-distribution-current-issues-future-trends. I learned that day that the coordinated activities of the franchise dealerships are protected by a legal principle called the State Action Doctrine. The State Action Doctrine allows state legislatures to protect the actions of business entities from antitrust legislation that under any other circumstances would be patently illegal. In fact, the State Action Doctrine is the only way to shield businesses from US antitrust laws. For anyone interested in a more detailed explanation of the legal principle, its misuses, and adverse economic effects – especially in regards to Tesla – I recommend the following three workshop presentations. 1. The Keynote Presentation by Professor Dennis Carlton, University of Chicago · Presentation Slides: Carlton (keynote) (110.46 KB) · Auto Distribution: Current Issues & Future Trends - Part 3 (Professor Carton is introduced at the beginning of this video.) 2. Tesla Motors, FTC WORKSHOP – Auto Distribution by Todd Maron, general counsel and secretary of Tesla Motors, Inc. · Presentation Slides: Maron (panel 3) (1.5 MB) · Auto Distribution: Current Issues & Future Trends - Part 3 (Todd Maron’s presentation begins at 40:35 in this video.) 3. The Anticompetitive Effects of Direct Distribution Prohibitions in the Automobile Industry by Daniel A. Crane, Professor of Law, University of Michigan. Noted author or editor of six books on antitrust law. · Presentation Slides: Crane (panel 3) (2.24 MB) · Auto Distribution: Current Issues & Future Trends - Part 3 (Professor Crane’s presentation begins at 1:34:50 in this video.) The public was invited to submit comment letters for this workshop. My submitted letter details a brief history of my investor relationship with Tesla, a more in-depth history of the automotive franchise laws and their associated economic effects. My letter also includes some research detailing the unfortunate control of powerful business interests over state legislatures, and lastly, some of my personal thoughts and observations on the difficulties this corrosive legislative environment presents to Tesla.