Florida Wins Case Against Disney in Federal Court
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a long-awaited decision, U.S. District Court Judge Allen Winsor has dismissed the federal case brought by Disney against Governor Ron DeSantis. The ruling marks the end of Disney's efforts to gain control over its own special government and receive preferential treatment not available to other businesses in Florida.

According to the opinion issued by Judge Winsor, there were numerous flaws in Disney's arguments. One of the key points cited was that Disney is not the only landowner in the district and therefore should not be granted special privileges under the law. The judge also stated that the statute in question did not violate any constitutionally protected conduct and was therefore constitutional. Additionally, he emphasized that courts should not rely on a law's legislative history to find an illegitimate motivation for an otherwise constitutional statute.

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In response to the ruling, Jeremy Redfern, Governor DeSantis' Press Secretary, released a statement saying, "As stated by Governor DeSantis when he signed HB 9-B, the Corporate Kingdom is over." He went on to say that Disney's attempts to control its own government and be exempt from certain laws have come to an end. The federal court's decision reaffirmed Governor DeSantis' stance that Disney is just one of many corporations in Florida and does not have a right to its own special government.

This outcome comes as no surprise as it was predicted by many since the beginning of this case. With this dismissal, it is clear that Disney will be held accountable like any other business in Florida and will no longer receive preferential treatment from the state government.

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