The company, long allergic to controversy, is likely to be the subject of very public and partisan criticism throughout the Republican primary.
Sean Bailey is in charge of live-action remakes of films like “The Little Mermaid.” It’s a job that puts him in the middle of a partisan divide.
The judge accused Gov. Ron DeSantis’s lawyers, who wanted him off the case, of “rank judge shopping.” But he disqualified himself because a relative owns Disney stock.
They argued that Judge Mark E. Walker’s comments in two unrelated proceedings displayed a bias toward the company.
A new office complex, and relocation of a division from California, would have created more than 2,000 jobs but was scuttled as the company and Gov. Ron DeSantis continue to feud.
The company wants a state court case involving development at Disney World dismissed, saying actions by the Florida governor and his allies made it moot.
Progress in cutting streaming costs was offset by worsening results for Disney’s traditional television channels.
The bill would allow approved development agreements for Walt Disney World to be voided. The company has already sued the governor over the issue.
The company claimed “a targeted campaign of government retaliation,” which it said stemmed from its criticism of a contentious state education law.
A board overseeing the resort wants lawyers to prepare a resolution to stop Disney from maintaining vast control over the complex for decades to come.