(IDAHO FALLS, ID) — A state judge has given the OK for a lawsuit by Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot against Mother Jones magazine to continue. Attorneys for the Idaho businessman will now be able to question four employees of the national magazine in an effort to assist in helping to determine jurisdiction in VanderSloot’s defamation suit. Judge Darla Williamson in Boise made the decision filed earlier this month in Bonneville County. Depositions will be taken from the following magazine employees: reporter Stephanie Mencimer, editor Monika Bauerlein, CEO Madeleine Buckingham, and Robert Wise, the magazine’s online technology director.
VanderSloot had filed the lawsuit in January in 7th District court in Idaho Falls. Mother Jones filed a motion to dismiss two months later because of a lack of jurisdiction. At issue is the national criticism VanderSloot received following a February 2012 article about him in Mother Jones and a pair of tweets that followed, promoting the premise that VanderSloot discriminated against those who are gay.
Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com