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Disney loses bid to dismiss or pause DeSantis board’s state case

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An entranceway to Walt Disney World on February 08, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.

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A Florida judge on Friday rejected Disney’s bid to dismiss a state lawsuit filed by the board of supervisors that Gov. Ron DeSantis had picked to oversee Walt Disney World’s operations amid a bitter political feud.

The ruling in the state-level case is separate from Disney’s ongoing federal lawsuit accusing DeSantis and his allies of waging a political retaliation campaign against the entertainment giant over its opposition to a controversial classroom bill last year.

“Today’s decision has no bearing on our lawsuit in federal court to vindicate Disney’s constitutional rights, and we are fully confident Disney will prevail in both the federal and state cases,” Disney spokesperson said in a statement Friday afternoon.

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