A federal judge has rejected Disney’s lawsuit arguing for freedom of speech against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. This means that the company’s only chance of taking back control of the district governing Walt Disney World will have to come from a different lawsuit in state court.
Judge Allen Winsor of the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee ruled that Disney did not have legal standing in its First Amendment case against the governor and his appointees in charge of the Disney World district.
The case is currently awaiting resolution in a state court located in Orlando.
publicly opposed the state’s so-called don’t say gay law, which banned classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades.
DeSantis, who had previously been campaigning for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, was a strong supporter of the law. As a result of Disney’s opposition, DeSantis and other Republican lawmakers seized control of the district that had been under Disney’s influence for over 50 years. They appointed five board members who were aligned with the governor.
The state and its primary employer are also engaged in a separate conflict.
Alleging that the governing body responsible for monitoring Walt Disney World, which was recently placed under the control of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ chosen representatives, has neglected to disclose documents and adequately maintain records, thus violating Florida’s public records legislation.
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