(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

Politically powerful car dealerships have given Tesla a rough run of late, winning battles in courthouses and state legislatures to prevent Tesla from selling its cars directly to the public. IJ Communications Associate Nick Sibilla has the story in the New York Times.
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Food trucks in Louisville, Ky., are prohibited from operating within 150 feet of a restaurant that sells similar food without the restaurant owner’s written permission, which is revocable at any time without notice. Unsurprisingly, large swaths of the city are no-go zones for food trucks, as getting permission from every brick-and-mortar food establishment is virtually impossible. Restaurants have even been known to add items to their menu specifically to force food trucks to move. Last month, a pair of food truck owners sued the city, arguing the 150-foot rule is an unconstitutional restriction on their right to earn an honest living. Read more here.