Judge Throws Out Major Lawsuit Against DeSantis

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(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – On Wednesday, a lawsuit filed by Disney against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and several state board members was dismissed by a federal judge. The lawsuit was in response to what Disney claimed was retaliatory action by the Florida government after the company publicly criticized state legislation limiting discussions on sexuality in schools. The legislation in question, known as the Parental Rights in Education Act, prohibited discussions or instructions on sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten to third grade and restricted content contrary to state standards in all grades.

The conflict escalated when, following Disney’s critique of the Act, the Florida legislature, backed by DeSantis, revoked Disney’s administrative powers over its special development district, which essentially allowed Disney to self-govern its theme parks, including Walt Disney World Resort. This district, previously known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, was reformed under new legislation in 2023, leading to a change in governance to what is now the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, with new appointees by the state.

Disney’s lawsuit alleged that this move was a punitive measure for its stance against the state law. However, U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor ruled in favor of dismissing the case, stating that Disney did not have the standing to sue on these grounds and that the claims against the board members of the newly formed district did not hold merit under the law.

In reaction to the dismissal, a Disney spokesperson expressed the company’s intention to continue pursuing the case, highlighting the potential broader implications for the rule of law and the expression of political views. Meanwhile, Governor DeSantis’s office reiterated the end of what they termed Disney’s “Corporate Kingdom,” emphasizing that Disney would not be entitled to its own government and would be treated like any other corporation in the state.

Following the court’s decision, Disney’s stock saw a slight decrease in value, closing down by 0.94% after Wednesday’s trading session.

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