In a win for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and conservatives, a federal judge dismissed Disney’s lawsuit alleging the governor and state executives wrongfully retaliated against Disney by issuing punitive measures.
The Wednesday ruling sided with DeSantis, against the family-focused entertainment company that railed against Republican-advocated state limits on elementary classroom discussion of sexuality.
Florida officials, including DeSantis, petitioned the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that “Disney couldn’t sue them over constitutionally enacted state laws,” according to Fox Business.
In 2021 and 2022, Florida state officials stripped Disney’s autonomy and control over a vast “special development district” where Florida theme parks and resorts are based.
The area in question, known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), allowed the Disney enterprise to sidestep certain tax regulations and state codes.
In 2023, Florida legislatures approved a law to “reform the district.” The renamed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District is now accountable to a restructured board.
Fox Business reported that in recent months, the new board voided contracts the previous Disney-controlled board had approved. The voided contracts represent a significant financial loss.
Disney is reeling after introducing or endorsing multiple “woke” initiatives in recent years. Stock value and entertainment park attendance is down, and recent films have generated record-low revenue.
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