Docket No. L.A. 31100.

27 Cal.3d 167 (1980)

610 P.2d 1330

164 Cal. Rptr. 839

GORDON TAMENY, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. ATLANTIC RICHFIELD COMPANY et al., Defendants and Respondents.

Supreme Court of California.

June 2, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Richard P. Carroll, James R. Carroll and John J. Hartford for Plaintiff and Appellant.

Wylie Aitken, Robert E. Cartwright, Edward I. Pollock, Glen T. Bashore, Stephen I. Zetterberg, J. Nick DeMeo, Sanford M. Gage, Joseph Posner, Laufer & Roberts, David Laufer, Edward A. Friend, John J. Hartford, John R. Hillsman and McGuinn & Moore as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

Stephen D. Miller, Miller, Glassman & Browning, Jane D. Saltsman and Carol S. Boyk for Defendants and Respondents.



Plaintiff Gordon Tameny instituted the present action against his former employer, Atlantic Richfield Company (Arco),1 alleging that Arco had discharged him after 15 years of service because he refused to participate in an illegal scheme to fix retail gasoline prices. Plaintiff sought recovery from Arco on a number of theories, contending, inter alia, that Arco's conduct in discharging...

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