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    LONDON (Bloomberg) -- A U.K. appeals court dismissed a libel lawsuit from Tesla Motors Inc., a maker of electric vehicles led by billionaire Elon Musk, against the British Broadcasting Corp. show "Top Gear."

    The court rejected Tesla's appeal of last year's decision to strike out its "libel and malicious falsehood" case against the BBC. The California-based company said "Top Gear" faked a scene that appeared to show a Tesla Roadster running out of power, which led to lower sales.

    The "Top Gear" review wouldn't have misled "a reasonable viewer" into thinking the Tesla car's range was less than the company's estimate of "200 miles under normal driving conditions," Martin Moore-Bick, an appeals court judge in London, said in his decision today.

    Musk last month told Bloomberg Television that a story by The New York Times' reporter John M. Broder, which claimed that the car-maker's Model S sedan fell short of its estimated range, was "fake."

    "I am pleased that the Appeal Court has upheld the previous ruling and the case has been struck out," Andy Wilman, executive producer of "Top Gear," said in an e-mailed statement today. "I'd also like to apologize to the judges for making them have to watch so much 'Top Gear.'"



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    Maybe that's why Gordon's Model S cost so much. He had to support Tesla's failed litigation in England.
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