Disney Amends Its DeSantis Lawsuit
The Walt Disney Compan moved on Friday to narrow its federal lawsuit against Florida Govenor Ron DeSantis and Florida administrators.
In their lawsuit, which was originally filled in April, Disney alleged that DeSantis and his allies’ decision to dissolve the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District was done in retaliation for the company’s opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill (which critics dubbed “Don’t Say Gay”).
The lawsuit came after DeSantis and Republican lawmakers dissolved Reedy Creek, which essentially gave Disney autonomous control over its Central Florida land.
Following the dissolution of Reedy Creek, Florida lawmakers created the governor-appointed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.
Disney’s Reedy Creek Agreements
In a gambit to keep control of the land in and around Walt Disney World, Disney entered into last-minute binding agreements with Reedy Creeky that essentially gave the company governing power over their land in perpetuity.
The CFTOD and Florida Legislature subsequently took steps to nullify those agreements.
Prior to Friday’s amendment, Disney had included the voiding of their Reedy Creek agreements as part of their lawsuit.
In their latest motion, however, Disney said that it would drop those aspects of the suit and instead focus only on the retaliation issue.
The decision by Disney was likely made due to the fact that the company and the CFTOD are currently battling over the agreements in a state court.
Interestingly, Judge Allen Windsor denied Disney’s motion to amend the lawsuit for procedural reasons. He did say that Disney could resolve the problem and refile the motion.
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