Federal Judge Rules In Disney Lawsuit Against DeSantis

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It’s a good day for the rule of law in the Sunshine State, as a judge has dismissed a baseless lawsuit brought by the Mouse House against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials. The suit alleged that DeSantis and his cohorts had wronged Disney by enacting a parental rights education law and reorganizing a special improvement district in which the company operates its parks and resorts.

But Judge Allen Winsor blew the courtroom doors off this case, ruling that Disney has no legal standing to sue on First Amendment grounds. Ouch! That’s gotta sting for the media giant and its high-priced lawyers. It seems the judge saw right through their flimsy attempts to use the Constitution as a weapon in their never-ending quest for corporate dominance.

Disney’s claims also “failed on the merits” against members of the board of the restructured special district. According to the judge, when a law is constitutional on its face, a plaintiff cannot simply cry foul and claim that those who passed it had sinister, unconstitutional intentions. Sorry, Disney, you can’t sue your way out of this one.

It’s no surprise that this case has been thrown out, considering the groundwork laid by DeSantis during his time in the governor’s mansion. This bold leader has made it clear that the “Corporate Kingdom” is over. Gone are the days when Disney could control its own government and operate above the law. It’s about time someone stood up to the Mouse and put them in their place.

Unsurprisingly, the Walt Disney Company has vowed to appeal the ruling. They claim it sets a “dangerous precedent” and gives states the power to “punish the expression of political viewpoints they disagree with.” Spare us the dramatics, Disney.

But it seems DeSantis isn’t buying what Disney is selling. In a statement, his spokesperson said, “In short – as long predicted, case dismissed.” And we couldn’t agree more. The governor’s victory in this case is just another example of his commitment to promoting transparency and accountability while bringing prosperity to the people of Florida. Sorry, Disney, but the days of special treatment are over for you.

Of course, the ruling in this federal suit does not affect the state lawsuit brought by Disney seeking to reverse the changes made to the special improvement district. It seems the Mouse will do whatever it takes to get its way, even if it means dragging the state through more legal battles. But we’re confident that DeSantis will continue to fight for what’s right and protect the interests of the people, not just the corporate giants.

In the end, it’s a great day for Florida and a victory for common sense. Disney may have thought they could bully their way through the legal system, but Judge Winsor wasn’t having it.

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