Disney Says ‘Significant Harm’ Could Come If Trade Secrets Are Revealed in State Lawsuit Against CFTOD

Brit Tuttle

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Disney Says ‘Significant Harm’ Could Come If Trade Secrets Are Revealed in State Lawsuit Against CFTOD

A new report from Fortune says that Disney hopes to keep its proprietary information confidential in its state lawsuit against the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD).

Disney Wants to Keep Trade Secrets Confidential in CFTOD Lawsuit

The official logo for the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD).

In a motion for entry of protective order that was filed on Thursday, February 1, 2024, Disney asked the state court to allow it to designate discovery materials as confidential and require any parties who handle them to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The order was unopposed by the CFTOD, and says that,

The parties have agreen to the form and context of this order, and recognize that the case is likely to involve the disclosure of confidental infomration, including trade secret and other nonpublic technical, commercial, financial, personal, and other sensitive information, the disclosure of which could result in significant harm to the producing party’s personal rights or business operations, and for which there exists a good-faith claim of protection from disclosure under applicable law.

The state lawsuits between Disney and CFTOD are separate from the former’s federal lawsuit against the District and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, which was recently dismissed with Disney filing an intent to appeal. The state lawsuits are still ongoing, with both parties agreeing to a June trial date for Disney’s public records lawsuit against the District.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at brittani@wdwnt.com.

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