• With U.S. midterm elections coming next week, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is offering employees two hours of paid leave to vote at the beginning or end of their workday, with “extra flexibility” for employees who need more time than that. The Washington-based firm, participating in a get-out-the-vote initiative with nonpartisan groups ElectionDay.org and MakeTimetoVote.org, said it thinks it’s the only major firm to do so to date. ElectionDay.org is a project of nonprofit Vote.org, whose general counsel, Sarah Jackel, is a former of counsel in Steptoe San Francisco office. (Steptoe.com)

• Former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist proposed to his law school classmate Sandra Day, the future Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, around the time they were both Stanford Law students, but she rejected him, according to a new book. (NPR)

• South Dakota’s governor said the state settled its lawsuit against online retailers Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg, which agreed to begin collecting online sales tax on Jan. 1, 2019. The deal resolves issues not covered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair ruling earlier this year, which freed states and local governments to start collecting billions of dollars in sales taxes from internet retailers. (Twitter) (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

• Plaintiffs firm Morgan & Morgan was hit by $5 million malpractice verdict in Florida faulting its attorney’s handling of a medical malpractice case. (Daily Business Review)

• Generic drug companies including Breckenridge Pharmaceutical Inc. and Nexgen Pharma Inc. saw their chance to continue selling generic prescription-only versions of the laxative MiraLax go down the toilet. Weil advised Breckenridge and Nexgen, while Covington & Burling represented Bayer Healthcare LLC, which makes MiraLax. (Bloomberg Law)

Law Firms

• A new survey by Diversity Lab and ChIPs, a nonprofit organization, asked dozens of law firms about steps they’re taking to close gender gaps, with a particular emphasis on IP practices. (Bloomberg Law)

• Management-side worklaw firm Littler said vanguard, Littler’s global platform partner in Germany, opened an office in Frankfurt, its fifth location in Germany, with a seven-lawyer team from local firm Kliemt.Arbeitsrecht. (Littler.com)

• Willkie advised Bermuda-based RenaissanceRe Holdings in the reinsurer’s agreement to pay about $1.5 billion to acquire Tokio Marine’s reinsurance platform, which includes Tokio Millennium Re AG and Tokio Millennium Re (UK). Wachtell is advising RenaissanceRe’s board of directors. (Insurance Journal) (Institutional Asset Manager)

• Akin Gump opened its first office in Connecticut, in downtown Hartford, to be home to the Washington-based firm’s global debt-finance practice, according to a report. (HartfordBusiness.com)

Supreme Court

• U.S. Supreme Court justices during oral argument yesterday asked a lot of questions about standing issues raised by a $8.5 million privacy settlement between Google and consumers. Andrew J. Pincus of Mayer Brown argued for Google. Jeffrey A. Lamken of MoloLamken in Washington argued for the class. (Bloomberg Law) Class-action objector Ted Frank argued for himself, the first pro se litigator to do oral argument at the high court since 2007. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Former U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., now a Munger, Tolles & Olson partner, yesterday made his first high court argument since leaving the Obama administration in 2016, in a case about international organizations’ “immunity.” (Bloomberg Law)

• The Supreme Court barred Yakama Nation Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy from an oral argument because he insisted on wearing his traditional tribal regalia. (Bloomberg Law)

Laterals, Moves

• BakerHostetler named Denver partner-in-charge Poe Leggette to lead its national energy practice. Leggette, who’s been co-leading the team since 2014, is moving to Houston. (BakerLaw.com)

• Holland & Knight added Hunton Andrews Kurth tax attorney Mark Melton as a partner in Dallas. (HKLaw.com)

• Litigation finance company Vannin Capital added two attorneys as associate directors. Anastasia Davis Bondarenko joined Vannin’s global international arbitration team in Paris, arriving from law firm Three Crowns LLP. She was previously at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dentons. James Williamson joins from Freshfields, where he was a senior associate focusing on dispute resolution. (Vannin.com)

• Robins Kaplan said IP litigator Elizabeth Gardner joined the firm’s IP and technology litigation group as a partner in New York, arriving from Orrick, where she was a partner. (RobinsKaplan.com)

• Locke Lord said its Dallas partner Paul Coggins was elected president-elect of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. Coggins, co-chair of the firm’s white collar criminal defense and internal investigations practice, served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1993 to 2001. (LockeLord.com)

Legal Actions

• Holland & Hart associate Tasha Schwikert-Warren, a former Olympic gymnast now in Las Vegas, joined her sister in a lawsuit that accuses U.S. Gymnastics of failing to do enough to protect them from convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar. (American Lawyer)

• United Airlines is accused of failing to adequately protect a woman from a drunken male passenger’s sexual assault, in at least the second such complaint in two weeks against United, and the third in a month against a major airline. (Bloomberg Law)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Molly Ward.