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Jacobson v. Knepper & Moga, P.C.

706 N.E.2d 491, 185 Ill. 2d 372 (1998)

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Jacobson v. Knepper & Moga, P.C.

Supreme Court of Illinois

706 N.E.2d 491, 185 Ill. 2d 372 (1998)

Facts

Attorney Alan Jacobson (plaintiff) worked for the law firm of Knepper & Moga, P.C. (firm) (defendant). Jacobson believed that the firm was filing consumer-debt actions in violation of federal and state consumer-protection statutes. Jacobson raised his concern to a partner at the firm three times. After Jacobson raised his concerns for a third time, Jacobson was terminated by the firm. Jacobson then sued the firm for retaliatory discharge, arguing that he was wrongfully discharged in retaliation for reporting the firm’s alleged illegal practices to a partner at the firm. The firm moved to dismiss the complaint, arguing that the state had refused to extend claims for retaliatory discharge to licensed attorneys. The trial court denied the firm’s motion to dismiss. The firm appealed. The appeals court found that Jacobson was not precluded from bringing a claim for retaliatory discharge against the firm. The firm petitioned for leave to appeal to the state supreme court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Nickels, J.)

Dissent (Freeman, C.J.)

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