DeSantis wants Iger to drop the lawsuit against Florida that experts believe Disney could win, as he has moved on from the feud.

DeSantis wants Iger to drop the lawsuit against Florida that experts believe Disney could win, as he has moved on from the feud.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Ends Feud with Disney, Encourages Mutual Agreement

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that he is ready to move on from his highly publicized feud with Disney. In an interview with CNBC, DeSantis expressed his desire for both parties to put the past behind them and find common ground. However, legal experts have warned that the lawsuit brought against Florida by Disney may not be as easily dismissed as DeSantis suggests.

The feud between DeSantis and Disney began last year when the Governor revoked the company’s special tax status. This decision was made in response to Disney’s criticism of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which has been nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics. Since then, the tension between the two sides has been simmering.

DeSantis made it clear in the interview that he has no intention of reversing the changes made to Disney’s tax status. He believes that it is important for the state to treat all companies equally, without giving preferential treatment to any specific entity. This position is consistent with his commitment to fairness and equal opportunities for businesses across Florida.

When asked about his message to Disney CEO Bob Iger, DeSantis echoed his desire for both parties to move forward and find a resolution. He encouraged Iger to focus on what Disney does best and to drop the lawsuit. DeSantis believes that this decision would be in the company’s best interests and a wise business move.

Disney’s lawsuit against Florida, filed in April, accuses the state of using its governmental power to punish the company for its protected speech. The suit alleges that DeSantis and his office orchestrated a targeted campaign of retaliation that not only jeopardizes Disney’s economic future in the region but also violates its constitutional rights.

DeSantis remains dismissive of the lawsuit and confident of Florida’s victory, stating that Disney will inevitably lose the case. However, legal experts suggest that the lawsuit may hold merit. They argue that if the purpose of the law revoking Disney’s tax status was solely to retaliate against the company for its expressed views, it could be deemed a violation of the First Amendment.

David Schultz, a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota law school, states, “The government is not supposed to punish you for the views you express.” However, while Disney may have a case, it will still need to prove that the revocation of its tax status was a result of retaliation. The lawsuit cites examples that could be used as evidence, including a Florida state legislator’s comment, “You kick the hornet’s nest, things come up.”

As of now, neither Disney nor DeSantis’s office has provided a comment regarding the ongoing dispute. It remains to be seen whether the two parties can find common ground and end their feud through negotiations or if the case will proceed in court.