Nature or Nurture? Advertising, Toys, Sexist Stereotypes, and Destiny

Maxine NeuhauserIn the midst of the holiday buying season, let’s take a moment to reflect on the influence of advertising on our gift-buying choices and the potential impact that those choices have on our children. We are well versed in the power of advertising in enforcing stereotypes in our culture and on ourselves. Last month, NPR aired a segment that offered striking evidence of how much that might matter.

The NPR segment reported on how advertising in the early days of personal computers, which were marketed by companies such as Radio Shack and Commodore, effectively shut the door on girls entering computer science by targeting the new product as a toy for boys, much like erector sets.  Pitching personal computers to boys gave them a significant head start in learning computing and coding. Girls, on the other hand, did not grow up coding because personal computers were not marketed to them. As a result, by the time that boys entered college, those considering a computer science major already had a significant base of knowledge.   The boys’ baseline then came to be the standard expected by professors.  Girls who had a similar interest in computer science entered college with a knowledge base far behind that of boys; as a result, most girls abandoned computer science for other degrees before really even getting started. From there, the male computer nerd/genius stereotype took off and took hold. This is despite the fact that women led the field until 1984. 

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Elisabeth Laroche successfully represents two insurers

Elisabeth Laroche recently won two cases where she was defending insurers against claims.

In the first case, the plaintiff had hurt his hand while using a saw at his home. He was claiming over $1.4M, including $1M in punitive damages, under an accident insurance policy. The policy required that the “loss of function [be] continuous for twelve (12) consecutive months”, whereas the plaintiff had filed his claim barely two months after the accident. The Court pointed out that the plaintiff was not covered by a disability insurance and that he had not proven that he had sustained a damage as described by his accident policy. It also concluded that the insurer’s failure to pay an indemnity soon as the accident occurred was not an act of bad faith, and thereby denied the claim for punitive damages.

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Dialogues on Diversity: A new speaker series for senior leadership (Richik Sarkar)

Richik Sarkar will moderate the fourth program in the new series, Dialogues on Diversity by The Commission on Economic Inclusion and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), on December 10, 2014 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., with a reception to follow at the CMBA offices, 1375 East 9th Street, One Cleveland Center.

This program features a panel of five distinguished General Counsels from area organizations and businesses:

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HOMS News 2014

Since our last Newsletter, we are delighted to see that the national economy and indeed the economic landscape for the Mid-West Region has continued to improve. Indeed, this year has been a very exciting one for both Limerick and the Mid- West Region generally. Having overcome initial challenges, I am sure that we can all agree that the City of Culture has been a great success for Limerick, showcasing the talent and innovation that our city has to offer. As with the economic recovery to date, such successes need to be built on for the years ahead. More…

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Dej-Udom & Associates Business and Legal Update

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ASEAN Safe School Initiative

This month, the ASEAN member states launched the ASEAN Safe School Initiative (ASSI) Phase II. The initiative’s goal is to strengthen collaboration among the member states so they will continue to build safer schools and strengthen education services so children will be more resilient to disasters. In Southeast Asia, over 100 million children live in areas prone to disasters caused by natural hazards. 14,500 schools in the ASEAN region were fully or partially damaged by natural disasters over the last five years. More…

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Royal Oak, Michigan, December 9, 2014:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Worrel has joined the firm.  He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Christopher J. Worrel concentrates his practice in intellectual property with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of mechanical and electrical patent applications and office action responses. His practice also includes patent validity and infringement opinions; IP due diligence for new product introduction and technology acquisition; and negotiation and counseling regarding technology agreements. More…

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Deadline Extended for Comments on Proposed Changes to Home Health Conditions of Participation

In response to multiple requests, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) have extended the deadline for comments on the proposed changes to the home health conditions of participation (“CoPs”).  Home health providers and other interested stakeholders now have until 5:00 p.m. EST on January 7, 2015 to submit comments to CMS.

The proposed changes to the CoPs were published on October 9, 2014[1] and represent the most significant changes to the home health CoPs in seventeen years.  According to CMS, the new CoPs are intended to better reflect modern home health practice by acknowledging the interdisciplinary view of patient care and allowing home health agencies greater flexibility in meeting quality care standards.  The proposed changes include:

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Supreme Court Holds That Time Spent in Security Screening Is Not Compensable Time

US Supreme CourtIn order to prevent employee theft, some employers require their employees to undergo security screenings before leaving the employers’ facilities. That is particularly so with employers involved in manufacturing and retail sales, who must be concerned with valuable merchandise being removed in bags, purses or jacket pockets.

Often in the context of high-stakes class actions and collective actions, parties have litigated whether time spent undergoing a security screening must be compensated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). On December 9, 2014, a unanimous United States Supreme Court answered that questionno.

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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE advised Rudus AS on selling its concrete products business

Rudus AS and Talot AS completed a transaction where Talot acquired the concrete products business of Rudus. In the course of the transaction, Talot acquired the entire Rudus’ concrete products business in Lagedi along with employees, production equipment, knowhow, contracts and property. Rudus will focus on the production and sale of ready-mixed concrete and granite gravel. The member of the management board of Rudus, Toomas Vainola, said that they were very pleased about this deal: “The other party to the transaction is a well-known and trustworthy Estonian manufacturer of construction materials who will continue our decades-long work. We believe that all clients will benefit from the created synergies and experience.”

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Failure to Patch Software Leads to $150K HIPAA Settlement

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc. (“ACMHS”) a nonprofit mental health provider in Alaska, has agreed to a $150,000 HIPAA settlement and 2 year Corrective Action Plan with HHS following a breach of 2,743 patient records due to malware.  According to the HHS press release: OCR’s investigation revealed that ACMHS had adopted sample Security Rule policies and procedures in 2005, […]

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