That's the dynamic that has to change, and (this is addressed to any lawyers for VanderSloot and Melaleuca reading this) this is the dynamic that will change if someone stands up to these pernicious tactics. As the Project explains: "such lawsuits turn the justice system into a weapon, and have a serious chilling effect on the free speech that is so vital to the public interest. Forbes, too, received complaints from Melaleuca lawyers which caused them to remove the article entirely. Aided in the restoration of the historic New Sweden Schoolhouse As a donation to the American Heritage Charter School, he helped to restore the building after purchasing it from the Idaho Falls School District. [9] She did not concentrate on basketball until high school: I grew up wanting to go to North Carolina because of Mia Hamm. During the Bulldogs' next game, a 76–69 win over Louisville, Vandersloot broke the Division I women's record for assists in a season previously held by Suzie McConnell. Even a meritless suit can drag on for months – sometimes even years – and tactics such as aggressive discovery can pile on the costs." Beyond that, those like VanderSloot who are public figures, suing over articles clearly about matters of public interest, have a very high burden to meet in order to prevail, and proving actual damages is difficult in the extreme. Frank VanderSloot, CEO of Idaho Falls-based Melaleuca, recently announced that he and his wife have started a legal fund to push back against a local medical debt collection company. [7] In her final season at Gonzaga, she won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the top NCAA Division I women's player no taller than 5'8" (1.73 m) and Nancy Lieberman Award as the top player at her position in Division I women's basketball. Threatening journalists and bloggers with baseless lawsuits and trying to suppress free debate is a recognized menace. As a result, they immediately sent May-Chang another letter -- four years after her original post -- demanding removal of what it called "inflammatory rhetoric published as fact" and "false accusations of bigotry." 35 among guards,[12] by Scout.com. In the second round elimination game, the Sky were defeated by the Las Vegas Aces 93-92 after a late game desperation half-court shot by Dearica Hamby. He offered her a scholarship after seeing her practice, even though he did not stay for the tournament. I'd say, 'There's no fouls out here.' I just fell in love with it. This is done through a sales force reaching hundreds of thousands of households across North America, Taiwan, […] It’s those same ideals that Frank uses in his family. The Idaho Agenda is a website that covers issues of interest to the state's LGBT community. [18] Vandersloot won the first of what would be three WCC Player of the Year awards. While it's not clear if the wedding had anything to do with van der Sloot's transfer, he tied the knot with Figueroa in July and was transferred to Challapalca in south Peru the next month. She added: I think the real issue here is about promoting a religious social agenda that fits in with the LDS belief system, and VanderSloot's connection to the Romney presidential campaign. That's why one no longer can even read most of the criticisms that prompted these warnings. But then the recent Mother Jones article cited and linked to May-Chang's post at its new URL, and Melaleuca likely learned that way that it was still posted on the Internet. VanderSloot's history has begun to mobilize segments of the left to use him as ammunition against the Romney campaign, like Human Rights Campaign, the gay advocacy group. [7], As a freshman in 2007–08, she was the West Coast Conference newcomer of the year and named to the 10-member All-WCC first team after averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 assists, and 1.9 steals per game entering the WCC tournament, finishing in the top five in the WCC in the latter two categories while the Zags went 13–1 in conference play and earned the tournament's top seed. The Truth about Melaleuca and Frank VanderSloot . Frank L. VanderSloot (born August 14, 1948) is an American entrepreneur, radio network owner, rancher, and political campaign financier.He is the founder and chief executive officer of Melaleuca, Inc. His other business interests include the Riverbend Ranch and Riverbend Communications. Frank VanderSloot, CEO of Idaho Falls-based Melaleuca, recently announced that he and his wife have started a legal fund to push back against a local medical debt collection company. There are few things more invasive than being a defamation plaintiff. VanderSloot was born on August 14, 1948, in Billings, Montana, and lived in Cocolalla, Idaho, where the family lived on a ranch. Back in 2007, in the midst of the campaign to replace GOP Sen. Larry Craig, May-Chang wrote an innocuous post about VanderSloot's support for Lt. Gov. I would ride her and foul her. On May 19, 1903, Vanderlip married Mabel Narcissa Cox (Narcissa Cox Vanderlip) in her home town of Chicago, Illinois. [29] In addition to her other milestones during the season, she also broke the Gonzaga single-season scoring record. Now he's the richest man in Idaho, thanks to "the wellness company." [33] Finally, she was named to the 10-player USBWA All-America team, becoming the first Gonzaga player so honored,[34] and the 10-member State Farm Coaches All-America team, another first for a WCC player. The reality is that most people who threaten to bring defamation lawsuits rarely do so. . [7] During the third grade, she wrote a school paper about her dreams of one day playing in the WNBA.[9]. Journalists like Jody May-Chang who focus their journalistic light on people like Frank VanderSloot provide all of us with a vital public service, and deserve our full-fledged support when they are targeted with threats and retribution. Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. “It was a complete shock,” Cassie said about her step-brother's death. Regarding his personal life, Frank VanderSloot has been married to Belinda VanderSloot since 1995. We respect that. In 2007, one of them ("TomPaine") wrote a critical post about VanderSloot, and then quickly received a letter from Melaleuca's in-house General Counsel at the time, Ken Sheppard, threatening a lawsuit if the post was not removed within 24 hours. Vandersloot took her game to another level as a senior, averaging 26 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals while leading Kentwood to a third-place finish in the state tournament; their only loss was in the state semifinals. ", In response to this six-part exposé -- which won the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment -- VanderSloot went on a virtual jihad against the newspaper and the principal reporter who exposed the scandal, Peter Zuckerman. Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor kid in rural Idaho. And it's certainly true of someone who has made it a regular practice of threatening journalists, bloggers and activists who shine light on his political and business practices. 3 seed UCLA, Vandersloot finished with 29 points and 17 assists, one assist shy of the record for a Division I tournament game, as the Zags took down the Bruins 89–75. His clothes came from the Salvation Army. 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