If you’ve been following along with The Walt Disney Company news at all for the past year or so, then you’ve probably heard about the ongoing battle between Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Disney and DeSantis’s Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board have been fighting for control over Disney’s special tax district. DeSantis stripped Disney of rights over the former Reedy Creek Improvement District after Disney publicly opposed the governor’s decision to pass the Parental Rights in Education Act. Disney then claimed that this was a violation of federal rights, arguing that there had been a “relentless campaign to weaponize government power” against Disney to punish them for their political views. Since then, DeSantis filed a lawsuit against Disney to attempt to undo agreements made between Disney and the former Reedy Creek Improvement District. From there, things get pretty complicated.
Disney then subpoenaed internal communications records from DeSantis’s office, and requested that these items be delivered no later than October 27th, 2023. Disney has claimed that DeSantis’s office never submitted the records, and filed a lawsuit because of that. Then, Disney filed a separate lawsuit, saying that DeSantis violated Florida’s public record law “by failing to properly preserve documents and turn them over in a timely manner, opening another front in an ongoing legal feud.”
Now, per the Orlando Sentinel, DeSantis and his Central Florida Tourism Oversight Board agreed on January 25th to a June 24th trial date for Disney’s public record lawsuit against them. Here’s what the trial timeline will look like:
- February 23: Amended pleadings and motions
- April 12: Completion of facts and expert discovery
- March 1: Written discovery
- Mid-to-late March: Mediation (if necessary or agreed to)
- June 17: Pre-trail meeting
- June 24: Trial begins
We have a feeling that this is by no means a step toward the end of the battle, as this is still a separate lawsuit than the ongoing issues between the two parties. Nonetheless, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with more Disney news, so make sure to follow along for more.
What do you think of the agreement to go to trial? Let us know in the comments.