February 21, 2024

Republican presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a campaign rally in Eagle Pass, Texas, June 26, 2023.

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Lawyers for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday asked a federal court to dismiss Disney’s political retaliation lawsuit, saying he and at least one other defendant are “immune” because the company has no standing to sue them.

The lawyers also argued that Disney’s complaint — against the company after DeSantis denounced a controversial state classroom bill derided by critics as “Don’t Talk Gay” — “fails to make a claim that would grant relief.” .

A Disney spokesperson did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the court filing.

The governor’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit comes as he is locked in a protracted battle with Disney during the Republican presidential primary campaign. The fight between DeSantis, the top Republican contender behind former President Donald Trump, and Disney, one of Florida’s top employers, has been brewing for more than a year.

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