Experts Say Disney Can Sue State of Florida for Retaliation Over Reedy Creek Improvement District
Constitutional law experts have weighed in on the Reedy Creek Improvement District situation and determined that Disney may have a retaliation case against the State of Florida, according to local news network WFTV9.
“Once the government provides a benefit, that benefit can’t be taken away in a way that is unconstitutional,” said Lawrence Walters, a managing partner of Longwood-based Walters Law Group.
Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the proposal to dissolve districts established prior to November 1968. Since Disney’s statement of intent to have the “Parental Rights in Education” law removed, DeSantis has been open in his movement against the state’s largest employer.
“You’re a corporation based in Burbank, California, and you’re going to martial your economic might to attack the parents of my state?” DeSantis said. “We view that as a provocation, and we’re going to fight back against that.”
“You have to prove the retaliation was done for this specific purpose,” Stetson University Law Professor Paul Boudreaux said. “I’m fairly certain that Disney would have an excellent case, and a really great chance of winning a case,” he said.
Boudreaux noted an advantage Florida would have: Disney would be challenging legislation voted on by a large group of people, each with their own motivations.
However, he, along with many others, theorized that Disney would likely pursue negotiations with lawmakers to alter the terms of the Reedy Creek district when the regular session resumes in March.