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Palmateer v. International Harvester Co.
Illinois Supreme Court
85 Ill. 2d 124, 52 Ill. Dec. 13, 421 N.E.2d 876 (1981)
Ray Palmateer (plaintiff) worked at International Harvester Company (IH) (defendant) for 16 years. During Palmateer’s employment, Palmateer notified local law-enforcement authorities that an IH employee might be violating the Illinois Criminal Code. Palmateer agreed to gather evidence for law-enforcement authorities to use in investigating the employee and agreed to testify at the employee’s trial, if necessary. IH subsequently fired Palmateer, and Palmateer sued IH in Illinois state court alleging retaliatory discharge, among other things. The trial court dismissed Palmateer’s complaint for failure to state a cause of action, and the appellate court affirmed. Palmateer appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Simon, J.)
Dissent (Ryan, J.)
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