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Disney Pushes Back on DeSantis’s Latest Motion in the Federal Lawsuit

Disney Pushes Back on DeSantis’s Latest Motion in the Federal Lawsuit

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We have a HUGE update on the Disney federal court case against Ron DeSantis. Disney has responded to DeSantis’s motion to dismiss.

The Ongoing Battle


By now it is no secret that the past year has been a turbulent one between the state of Florida and The Walt Disney Company. After Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education Law in 2022, tension built until (then) CEO Bob Chapek denounced the bill.

Shortly after, state Republicans repealed the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967 that allowed  Disney to function as its own governing body in the two cities and land within Orange and Osceola counties. This action resulted in big operational changes to the Walt Disney World resort.

The bill passed, and Reedy Creek Improvement District officially dissolved, giving the state of Florida power over Disney World. Additionally, DeSantis appointed the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) as its governing board.

The Lawsuits Begin

Credit: The Walt Disney Company

In response to this move, current Disney CEO Bob Iger indicated that DeSantis is punishing the Walt Disney Company for practicing free speech in its reaction to the Parental Rights in Education Law. In fact, in April, Daniel M. Petrocelli, a high-powered Los Angeles litigator, filed complaints on Disney’s behalf in federal court against Governor DeSantis. 

Disney claims “A targeted campaign of government retaliation – orchestrated at every step by Governor DeSantis as punishment for Disney’s protected speech – now threatens Disney’s business, operations, jeopardizes its economic future in the region, and violates its constitutional rights.”  In other words, the company maintains that DeSantis has violated its First Amendment Rights by retaliating against its public opposition to the bill.

Credit: Jamie F

It is unsurprising that, DeSantis has asked for a judge to dismiss the whole thing claiming that the Walt Disney Company’s filing is “meritless.” The state also claims that Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary should both be “immune from this suit.”

Disney Responds to the Motion to Dismiss

Today (July 26, 2023), Disney responded to the motion. It comes as no surprise that Disney stands in staunch opposition to dismissal. According to Deadline, Disney’s legal representation stated, “This case presents the fundamental question whether the Governor and the State can escape accountability for their open defiance of our Nation’s most cherished liberties.

Moreover, Disney’s legal representation states, “The Governor seeks to evade responsibility for his actions on a narrower ground, asserting that a governor cannot be held officially liable for implementing, administering, and enforcing state laws that punish residents for political statements violating a state-prescribed speech code.” And, “The motion seeks dismissal on Article III standing, sovereign-immunity, and legislative-immunity grounds, but those principles have no application here.”

To sum it up, Disney is NOT having it.

Walt Disney
Credit: Marisol

What’s more, Disney has asked for a court date that just so happens to coincide with the Republican National Convention: July 15, 2024. Judge Allen C Winsor has given DeSantis and his legal team until August 9, 2023, to respond to Disney’s motion.

Disney rejected DeSantis’s motion to dismiss.

Meanwhile, there is an entirely DIFFERENT lawsuit going on between Disney and the CFTOD. You can read about it here.

What do you think of Disney’s reaction to DeSantis’s motion to dismiss? Which party do you suppose will prevail? Let us know in the comments. And, be sure to pass the story along to your friends who are following along.

Source: Deadline

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Saturday 29th of July 2023

Throughtout this country, there are several businesses that have gotten involved in politics and have faced backlash for it, but it is not from a government entity. It is from customers boycotting their business, which they have every right to do so. When a government retaliates against a business for it's political stayements, it is like what a communist country does.

Gerrie Apker

Friday 28th of July 2023

I would love to say exactly what I think about DeSantis and his vicious policies, not only against Disney, but also against all but his chosen few peoples, but I fear retaliation by the governor’s enforcers.

April Bonilla

Friday 28th of July 2023

If “Throws ricks and hide your hands” was a person YEAP it would be his azz

Charlene Pursell

Friday 28th of July 2023

If it wasn't for Disney many people would never come to Florida. As someone who has lived here 42 years on the west coast, three daughters born here and graduates of UF and USF, Ron DeSantis is the worst governor this state has had.


Friday 28th of July 2023

I stand with Disney. DeSantis is a hater. He's homophobic, a racist, misogynist and a spoiled brat. But most of all he's scary? How has he managed to get people to follow his fascist ideas? I absolutely think the Hitler video was spot on. The Fascist needs stopped.

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