Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status

Murphy v. American Home Products Corp.

58 N.Y.2d 293, 448 N.E.2d 86 (1983)

Case BriefRelatedOptions
From our private database of 28,700+ case briefs...

Murphy v. American Home Products Corp.

New York Court of Appeals

58 N.Y.2d 293, 448 N.E.2d 86 (1983)

Facts

American Home Products Corporation (American) (defendant) employed Joseph Murphy (plaintiff) for 23 years in various accounting positions, including the office of assistant treasurer. The parties did not have a written employment contract. American terminated Murphy’s employment after Murphy revealed to American officers and directors that he had discovered illegal accounting practices involving secret pension reserves that improperly inflated American’s income growth, allowing high-ranking American employees to collect undeserved bonuses from a management incentive plan. Murphy filed suit against American, alleging that American wrongfully discharged him in retaliation for disclosing the accounting improprieties and for refusing to participate in them. Murphy also alleged that his disclosures were required by American’s internal policies and that American breached a duty of good faith and fair dealing when it terminated him. The trial court dismissed Murphy’s claims, and he appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Jones, J.)

Dissent (Meyer, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 546,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 546,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 28,700 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 546,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 28,700 briefs - keyed to 983 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership