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Trump Gets Court Date in Challenge to California Tax Return Law

Aug. 9, 2019, 7:55 PM

A federal trial court judge could decide Sept. 5 whether to block California’s new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns.

U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England Jr. will hear the request from President Trump’s campaign to issue an injunction blocking the state from enforcing the law. The hearing is in federal court in Sacramento.

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed the law July 30. It requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of tax returns to appear on the state primary ballot.
  • The legal challenge from Trump’s campaign and Trump as an individual is one of six that have been filed since the law took effect.
  • England was nominated to the bench by former President George W. Bush in 2002.

The case is Donald J. Trump for President Inc., v. Padilla, E.D. Cal., No. 2:19-cv-01501, amended notice of motion hearing 8/8/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Mahoney in Sacramento, Calif. at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeff Harrington at; Megan Pannone at