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Florida Lawsuit Against DeSantis Over Disney Fight Is Thrown Out

May 11, 2022, 2:03 PM

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by three Florida residents who claim Governor Ron DeSantis trampled on Walt Disney Co.’s freedom of speech, finding numerous holes in their filing and ruling the company can fight its own battle.

The entertainment giant enjoys privileges through a special municipal district that encompasses Walt Disney World and its resorts, including access to the lower-cost municipal debt market for certain projects. The three residents alleged that the governor’s move to dissolve the district as punishment in a political fight violated the company’s First Amendment rights.

Ron DeSantis
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But they failed to show that ...