June 17, 2021

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Illinois auto dealers sue Rivian for selling direct to consumers

Illinois auto dealers are suing the state and electric truck startup Rivian for cutting out the middleman and selling vehicles directly to consumers.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court by the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association, other trade associations and a long list of dealers, alleges the Secretary of State’s office “is turning a blind eye to Rivian’s unlicensed sales operations” in violation of state law requiring franchised dealers to sell new vehicles.

Lucid Motors, a California-based EV startup planning to open a sales studio in Oak Brook this year, also is named as a defendant.

“We have no choice but to file this lawsuit, both to protect consumers as well as the hundreds of franchised dealers across the state who contribute to the local economy,” Pete Sander, president of the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association, said in a news release Friday.