Disney filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, accusing him of launching a “targeted campaign of government retaliation” against the company.
Disney and DeSantis have been engaged in a years-long struggle since the governor removed the company’s special governing status. Disney responded Wednesday by filing a lawsuit against the Sunshine State’s governor, according to Axios. (RELATED: Chris Christie Takes Shots At DeSantis, Claims He Isn’t A ‘Conservative’)
In the lawsuit, the company alleges that DeSantis’ “campaign” unfairly punishes Disney and has put their business at risk, according to CNBC.
DeSantis’ Communications Director Taryn Fenske told the Daily Caller News Foundation, that the office was “unaware of any legal right that a company has to operate its own government or maintain special privileges not held by other businesses in the state.”
“This lawsuit is yet another unfortunate example of their hope to undermine the will of the Florida voters and operate outside the bounds of the law,” Fenske said.
The company accused DeSantis of patently retaliatory, patently anti-business, and patently unconstitutional” behavior in dealing with Disney over the past two years. The lawsuit was filed on the same day DeSantis’ new governing board took over control of Disney’s Orlando parks after the company previously tried to thwart the board with a special agreement that would have protected the company’s development rights.
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