80 N.Y.2d 628 (1992)

Howard L. Wieder, Appellant, v. Murray L. Skala et al., Respondents, et al., Defendant.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York.

Decided December 22, 1992.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David C. Vladeck and Alan B. Morrison of the District of Columbia Bar, admitted pro hac vice, and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P. C., New York City (Judith P. Vladeck and Ellen A. Harnick of counsel), for appellant.

Feder, Kaszovitz, Isaacson, Weber & Skala, New York City (Gabriel Kaszovitz, Murray L. Skala, Jay D. Lukowski and Bruce Robins of counsel), for respondents.

Leonard Gross, for Leonard Gross and others, amici curiae.

Daniel J. Capra, New York City, for The Committee on Professional Responsibility of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, amicus curiae.

Acting Chief Judge SIMONS and Judges KAYE, TITONE and BELLACOSA concur; Judge SMITH taking no part.


Plaintiff, a member of the Bar, has sued his former employer, a law firm. He claims he was wrongfully discharged as an associate because of his insistence that the firm comply with the governing disciplinary rules by reporting professional misconduct allegedly committed by another associate. The question presented is whether plaintiff has stated a claim for relief either for breach of contract...


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