Florida’s tourism oversight district expects to rack up millions of dollars in legal expenses in the coming months as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ battle with Disney, paying some of its top litigators $795 an hour.
The biggest taxpayer by far footing the district’s legal bill: Disney itself.
“It’s almost an additional way of punishing Disney by using their own money to sue,” said Richard Foglesong, a Rollins College professor who wrote the book “Married to the Mouse” on Disney World’s origins. “It really is kind of odd, atypical. That Disney is paying on both sides of the lawsuit.”
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