Legal professionals for Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida requested a federal choose on Friday to step down from a case introduced by Disney, saying his feedback in two unrelated courtroom proceedings final 12 months displayed a bias towards the corporate.

John Guard, the Florida chief deputy lawyer basic, made the request to Mark E. Walker, the chief choose for the Northern District of Florida, on behalf of Mr. DeSantis. Decide Walker is presiding over the early levels of a Disney lawsuit, filed final month, that accused Mr. DeSantis and a board that oversees authorities providers at Walt Disney World of partaking in “a focused marketing campaign of presidency retaliation.”

Of their movement to disqualify Decide Walker, Mr. Guard and attorneys for the 5 members of the board mentioned two remarks from final 12 months “may fairly be understood to replicate that the courtroom has prejudged Disney’s retaliation idea right here, and subsequently create vital doubts in regards to the courtroom’s impartiality.”

In each situations, Decide Walker introduced up Disney in hearings for unrelated instances, briefly citing actions by Mr. DeSantis and his allies within the Florida Legislature in opposition to the corporate as examples of retaliatory conduct, in response to the submitting. Decide Walker made one of many remarks, at a listening to in a case involving mental freedom on faculty campuses, a day after Mr. DeSantis “publicly refuted” the notion that he was taking “retaliatory” motion in opposition to Disney, the submitting mentioned.

The second comment was made in June at a preliminary injunction listening to involving Florida’s “Cease WOKE Act,” which limits dialogue of “white man’s privilege” and different racial bias points throughout variety coaching provided by personal employers. In accordance with the submitting, Decide Walker cited what was happening between Mr. DeSantis and Disney for example of a punitive motion.

In August, Decide Walker made nationwide headlines for blocking components of the act, which is formally known as the Particular person Freedom Act and was championed by Mr. DeSantis.

A spokesman for Disney declined to remark. Decide Walker, who was appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama, didn’t reply to a message in search of remark.

Mr. DeSantis and Disney have been sparring for greater than a 12 months over a particular tax district that encompasses Disney World. The battle began when the corporate criticized a Florida schooling legislation that opponents labeled “Don’t Say Homosexual” as a result of it limits classroom instruction about gender identification and sexual orientation — angering Mr. DeSantis, who repeatedly vowed payback.

Since then, Florida legislators, on the urging of Mr. DeSantis, have focused Disney — the state’s largest taxpayer — with quite a lot of hostile measures. In February, they gave Mr. DeSantis management over authorities providers at Disney World, ending the corporate’s long-held skill to self-govern its 25,000-acre resort as if it had been a county.

The board members appointed by Mr. DeSantis quickly found {that a} earlier, Disney-controlled board had authorized improvement contracts that lock in a progress plan for the resort. An effort to void these agreements has resulted in dueling lawsuits, with Disney suing Mr. DeSantis and his allies in federal courtroom and the governor’s tax district appointees returning hearth in state courtroom.

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