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Disney Faces Challenge in Another Lawsuit From Injured Guest

Disney is facing a challenge in one of the many lawsuits they have against them, with the Court demanding the Company produce further evidence to support its case.

It has been an eventful week for the Walt Disney Company, between the ousting of former Disney CEO Bob Chapek and the return of the now-current Disney CEO Bob Iger. This past week has seen Disney say goodbye to multiple employees, including the top Chapek ally, Kareem Daniel. So much is up in the air at the moment that Bob Iger even announced a town hall on Monday, November 28, to address Disney employees and Cast Members about the future of Disney.

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Mickey Mouse and other classic Disney characters, Main Street, U.S.A./Disney

But now, there’s another wrench in the works for the Walt Disney Company. They are often dealt multiple lawsuits, and in the latest update, in a victory for a Guest who was injured at Walt Disney World Resort, a court has ruled that Disney was to produce more evidence. Disney Guest Lisa Alesi filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks & Resorts after a garbage cart allegedly smashed her during her visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Alesi suffered injuries that she described as “permanent.” Alesi says her injuries include but are not limited to injuries to her spine and ribs, which necessitated surgery.

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Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World/Disney

Law 360 has reported that Alesi’s lawsuit was filed in 2020– four years after the incident occurred. The plaintiff sued Disney for “negligence.” Two years of litigation have now passed, and a Florida Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Alesi concerning one element—Disney must produce more information.

The report shares,

 

“The Fifth District Court of Appeal panel’s ruling partially denied Disney’s petition to overturn a lower court order, agreeing with the lower court that Disney must hand over more information.

On Nov. 18, Judge Dan Traver, writing for the three-judge panel, said that the lower court rightly concluded that the work-product doctrine does not protect the information that the plaintiff Lisa Alesi requested because she does not want the actual documents created by Disney.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios/Disney

Alesi argues that Disney failed in its “duty to maintain and keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition for the benefit of its Guests.”

Disney has also not made any official statement on the matter.

The Walt Disney World Resort is home to four Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Disney Resort and each Disney Park has myriad rides and attractions that has visitors flocking to them to enjoy many a different ride and attraction like “Tower of Terror,” “Haunted Mansion,” “Space Mountain,” and more.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to report on all Disney news as it comes to light.

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