Melaleuca CEO Sues Mother Jones for Defamation in Idaho

February 1, 2013

Eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot is suing Mother Jones magazine because he contends he was defamed by an article that depicted him as a “gay-basher.”

VanderSloot, the CEO of direct marketing company Melaleuca, filed the lawsuit in Idaho Falls’ 7th District court on Tuesday. He says a February 2012 article about him and two tweets promoting it prompted national criticism.

The magazine’s co-editor-in-chief Monika Bauerlein says Mother Jones stands by its reporting and she hasn’t yet received official notification of the lawsuit.

VanderSloot is asking for nearly $75,000 in damages. The lawsuit focuses on the article titled, “Pyramid-Like Company Ponies Up $1 million for Mitt Romney.” The term “gay-bashing” never appears in the story, but VanderSloot points to a tweet promoting the article that described him as Romney’s “gay-bashing buddy.”

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  • February 2, 2013 at 11:34 am
    Water Bug says:
    Mr. VanderSloot should sue this despicable leftist piece of sewage publication for $75 Billion.
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