DeSantis calls on Disney to ‘move on’ from lawsuit — Disney responds by suing him for damages

Just days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed that Disney and the state of Florida have “moved on” from their feud, the company countersued him for damages.

DeSantis and Disney have been feuding since last year when the company slammed Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which news outlets and journalists nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which banned discussions about gender identity or sexual orientation in lower grades.

DeSantis retaliated by stripping Disney’s self-governing authority and establishing the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District [CFTOD], which now controls the park’s development.

From The New York Post:

Disney has accused the board of supervisors picked by DeSantis to oversee Walt Disney World’s special tax district of breaching contracts, according to Thursday’s 55-page court filing in response to Florida’s recent lawsuit against the media titan.

In addition to damages, the company has requested a court order for the district to comply with the contracts it entered before the board took control of the park’s development, which are at the heart of the legal battle, CNBC reported.

Disney’s filing denies the district board’s allegations against the company in its state-level lawsuit.

The company also put forward 12 “affirmative defenses” against the board — including that it lacks legal standing.

Disney is suing DeSantis separately in a related federal lawsuit accusing the Sunshine State leader of political retaliation.

During an interview on CNBC last week, DeSantis said it was time to “move forward” from the Disney feud.

“Your competitors all do very well here. Universal. SeaWorld. They have not had the same special privileges as you have,” said DeSantis when asked about what he’d say to Disney CEO Bob Iger about the suit.

“So, all we want to do is treat everybody the same and let’s move forward. I’m totally fine with that,” DeSantis said. “But I’m not fine with giving extraordinary privileges, you know, to one special company at the exclusion of everybody else.”

Read the full report at The New York Post.

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