Disney and Florida are now duking it out in a legal showdown with high stakes and drama. The gloves are off, the claws are out and it’s anyone’s guess who will emerge victorious in this epic battle of Mouse versus State.
Hold onto your Mickey Mouse ears, folks, because things are heating up between Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ posse. The two powerhouses are throwing down in legal battles that are giving the WWE a run for their money.
Disney and Florida engage in epic legal battle for control of the district that oversees development around the company’s theme parks
According to a lawsuit filed in May, Disney is accused of pulling a fast one by snatching up the powers of its now-defunct special district before DeSantis took over. In response, the Republican governor is accusing the entertainment giant of retaliation for opposing a state law. It’s like the Hatfields and McCoys, but with more mouse ears and theme park rides.
Both sides are now challenging each other’s legal claims in state and federal court. If Disney emerges victorious, the suit from the current board may become moot. But with the way this legal battle is shaping up, it might be a while before we find out who’s the true king of the castle.
The complaint is filled with more drama than a season of Real Housewives. It accuses Disney of secretly pulling together a “series of eleventh-hour deals,” and “backroom deal” drafts. The new board is claiming that the previous board didn’t have the authority to enter into the 30-year agreement, and that it’s riddled with procedural and substantive defects.
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It’s getting so heated that Florida Judge Mark E. Walker, who was assigned the case, previously ruled against DeSantis in a separate First Amendment case. In response, Disney is stressing that it was forced into suing after expressing an unpopular viewpoint. It’s like a Disney movie, but instead of singing animals, there are lawsuits and angry governors.
We don’t know what’s next for this legal battle. However, one thing is for sure: It’s going to be a wild ride, with more twists and turns than Space Mountain.