Disney Lawsuit Against Florida Governor Dismissed by District Court
A district court judge in Florida has recently dismissed Disney’s lawsuit against Governor Ron DeSantis over the loss of a planning district. The judge ruled that Disney lacked standing to bring the suit and failed to provide evidence of specific damages caused by the new board.
The judge, Allen Winsor, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2018, stated that Disney’s claims of injury resulting from the appointment of board members were deemed to be in the past. As a result, the lawsuit was dismissed.
However, a Disney spokesperson stated that they will not give up and will continue to press forward with their case. They strongly believe that the actions taken by the state lawmakers were retaliatory in nature.
Governor DeSantis’s spokesperson, on the other hand, expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision, stating that it confirmed that Disney does not have a right to special government treatment. The spokesperson also emphasized that the origins of the lawsuit stemmed from a bill signed into law by DeSantis that placed restrictions on discussions of gender and sexuality in schools.
Former Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who has been critical of the bill, spoke out against it, prompting Florida state lawmakers to take action to dismantle Disney’s control of the planning district. As a result, the district was renamed the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, with officials appointed directly by Governor DeSantis.
Disney filed the lawsuit in response, claiming retaliation and violation of their First Amendment rights. They also alleged that the new Oversight District failed to preserve necessary records.
The aftermath of the district’s takeover by Governor DeSantis has raised concerns about the loss of institutional knowledge, as approximately 50 employees have left the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District since its transfer of control. This has prompted questions about the impact of this loss on the district’s ability to effectively carry out its mandate.
It remains to be seen how the legal battle between Disney and Governor DeSantis will unfold. Given the company’s determination to pursue its case further, it is likely that there will be more developments in the near future.