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Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw partner in mansion rent dispute; 115 court employees have COVID-19

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BigLaw partner is accused of failing to pay mansion rent

A affidavit filed in housing court alleges that Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner A. Mark Getachew has stiffed his landlord on rent of $11,000 per month for a Connecticut mansion since arriving in June. Getachew and his wife said the pool, hot tub and waterfall weren’t functioning, and there was also a problem with the propane heating system, which all cost them about $45,000 to repair. They filed the suit seeking reimbursement after repair costs eclipsed rent due. The landlord—former Disney CFO Lawrence Rutkowski—claims that Getachew “unjustly fired” his pool repairman, who could have made repairs for no more than $3,000, and instead hired a repairman who charged about $30,000 for pool repairs. (The New York Post, GT Insider)

So far, 115 judicial employees in this county test positive for COVID-19

The office of chief judge in Cook County, Illinois, announced Friday that 115 employees working under its umbrella have so far tested positive for COVID-19. That number includes 50 people employed by the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. In addition, five judges have tested positive, as have 36 residents of the JTDC. (Cook County court press release, the Chicago Sun-Times)

These BigLaw firms top list for female equity partners

In a Law360 ranking, these law firms with 601-plus lawyers have the highest representation of women in equity partnerships: Jackson Lewis; Littler Mendelson; Morrison & Foerster; Ropes & Gray; Ballard Spahr; Jones Day; Dentons; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Covington & Burling; and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. (Law360)

Akerman sued over website photo

A wildlife photojournalist has filed a lawsuit claiming that Akerman violated copyright laws by using his photo of a ski resort on its website without his permission. Photographer Tim Laman filed the suit Oct. 21. (Law360)

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