Disney’s lawsuit against DeSantis regarding freedom of speech dismissed, with another lawsuit still awaiting resolution.

Local News Update: January 31, 2024 / 5:58 PM EST / CBS/AP

Disney’s lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis for alleged violation of free speech rights dismissed, but second lawsuit still ongoing

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge has ruled in favor of Gov. Ron DeSantis in a lawsuit brought by Disney, dismissing the company’s claims of First Amendment violations. However, a separate lawsuit in state court in Orlando is still pending.

U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor stated in his decision that Disney did not have standing to bring the lawsuit against the Republican governor and his appointees to the governing district of Walt Disney World. In response, DeSantis released a statement praising the ruling and stating that it puts an end to Disney’s attempts to control its own special government and receive preferential treatment.

The dispute between DeSantis and Disney began in 2022 when the company publicly opposed the state’s “don’t say gay” law, which prohibited discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades. DeSantis, who recently suspended his campaign for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, championed the law. In retaliation for Disney’s objection, DeSantis and Republican legislators took over the district that had been under Disney’s control for over 50 years and appointed five board members loyal to the governor.

The state and its largest employer are also embroiled in another legal battle. Disney has filed a lawsuit alleging that the oversight government for Walt Disney World, which was taken over by DeSantis’ appointees earlier this year, has failed to comply with Florida’s public records law by not releasing documents and properly preserving records.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Lawsuit, Politics, Civil Rights, Ron DeSantis, Florida, Censorship, Orlando, Entertainment

First published on January 31, 2024 / 3:14 PM EST

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