DeSantis Beats Disney: Federal Judge Tosses Disney’s Lawsuit Claiming DeSantis Retaliated Against Them
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a campaign event at the Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal on September 29, 2023 in Long Beach, California. DeSantis is scheduled to speak at the California Republican Party Fall Convention in Anaheim, California later today.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis beat Disney on Wednesday after a federal judge tossed the company’s lawsuit that claimed the governor retaliated against the company.

The company filed the lawsuit after DeSantis dismantled a special Disney-controlled tax district that gave them the power to govern themselves, claiming that he retaliated against them for publicly criticizing his Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which empowers parents to make the best decisions for raising their children and protects children from being exposed to dangerous leftist gender ideologies in school.

Politico described the development by saying Disney had “lost a major battle” against DeSantis after U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor ruled that Disney lacked standing and jurisdiction in their lawsuit.

Disney seethed, claiming that the ruling “would set a dangerous precedent and give license to states to weaponize their official powers to punish the expression of political viewpoints they disagree with.” The company said that it was going to appeal the ruling.

A spokesperson for DeSantis said the ruling was proof that the Corporate Kingdom was over in Orlando as Republicans celebrated the outcome.


“As stated by Governor DeSantis when he signed HB 9-B, the Corporate Kingdom is over,” said Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern. “The days of Disney controlling its own government and being placed above the law are long gone. The federal court’s decision made it clear that Governor DeSantis was correct: Disney is still just one of many corporations in the state, and they do not have a right to their own special government. In short – as long predicted, case dismissed.”

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