FL: Disney, DeSantis regime settle legal feud over district

Source: Reuters

“Walt Disney and allies of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reached a settlement on Wednesday to end a high-profile lawsuit in state court over control of the special district that includes the Walt Disney World theme parks. Disney also agreed to drop a lawsuit over access to public records and defer briefings in a federal lawsuit it filed against DeSantis as the two sides try to reach a consensus on a new development agreement for Walt Disney World, among other matters. ‘This agreement opens a new chapter of constructive engagement with the new leadership of the district,’ said Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle. DeSantis and Disney, one of Florida’s biggest employers, have been embroiled in a dispute since 2022, when former Disney CEO Bob Chapek criticized a state legislative effort to limit classroom discussion of sexuality and gender issues for younger students. Critics described it as the ‘Don’t Say Gay law.'” (03/27/24)