From today's Austin American-Statesman: Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer and the biggest private sector employer in Texas, filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Austin seeking the right to sell hard alcohol at package stores adjacent to existing Wal-Marts across the state. Wal-Mart’s attorneys are going after provisions in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, which they call “protectionist” and “anti-competitive,” that prohibit the retail giant — and all other publicly traded companies — from owning or operating package stores to sell liquor in Texas. The company argues that the state should not be allowed to maintain barriers to free market competition and consumer choice. The company already is permitted to sell hard alcohol — such as rum, vodka and whiskey — in 25 other states, the filing said. Wal-Mart files federal lawsuit to sell liquor in Texas | www.mystatesman.com This is great for Tesla as it will raise awareness among consumers that there are state laws protecting certain established industries against newcomers.