Associated Press articles: Copyright © 2016 The Associated Press. 35 among guards,[12] by Scout.com. This tactic almost always succeeds in silencing its targets, because even journalists and their employers who have done nothing wrong are afraid of the potentially ruinous costs they will incur when sued by a litigious billionaire. In addition to his position with Melaleuca, he owns one of the largest, finest herds of Angus cattle in the U.S. Although he spends much of his time focusing on his career, VanderSloot ensures that his schedule has just enough time left over to spend quality time … [28] Their tournament run, and Vandersloot's college career, would end one game later as Stanford would defeat the Zags 83–60. Melaleuca's get-rich pitches have in the past caused Michigan regulators to take action, resulting in the company's entering into a voluntary agreement to "not engage in the marketing and promotion of an illegal pyramid"'; it entered into a separate voluntary agreement with the Idaho attorney general's office, which found that "certain independent marketing executives of Melaleuca" had violated Idaho law; and the Food and Drug Administration previously accused Melaleuca of deceiving consumers about some of its supplements. Frank VanderSloot is an Idaho billionaire and the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc., a controversial billion-dollar-a-year company which peddles dietary supplements and cleaning products; back in 2004, Forbes, echoing complaints to government agencies, described the company as "a pyramid selling organization, built along the lines of Herbalife and Amway." [35], Her impact on the Gonzaga program can be measured by another statistic—home attendance. These national magazines are encountering what small local journalists and bloggers in Idaho have confronted for years. 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. [43] Because the WNBA season is held in the northern hemisphere summer, the traditional offseason for basketball throughout the world, many of the league's players participate in overseas leagues during the traditional season and return to their WNBA teams in the summer. So alarmed were Mother Jones editors at the prospect of being sued by such deep pockets that they did not edit the piece in accordance with the dictates of Melaleuca lawyers but actually removed the entire article from the Internet, and, until yesterday afternoon, it had been deleted for more than a week. I was having so much fun developing my game. I just fell in love with it. [30] She was also named to multiple All-America teams. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs were a No. Written by Elliot Suthers -- a Forbes blogger and GOP operative (he worked on the campaigns of McCain 2008 and Saxby Chambliss) -- the article examined what it called (based on this 2004 Forbes profile and complaints to government agencies) Melaleuca's "somewhat shady business model," and also referenced the "number of anti-gay causes" which VanderSloot has funded. In the first round elimination game, the Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury 105-76 to advance. Courtney Vandersloot (born February 8, 1989) is an American-Hungarian basketball point guard for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Yakin Dogu in the Turkish Women's Basketball League (TKBL). Idaho-based businessman Frank VanderSloot, who gave $1 million to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC in the last election, told Breitbart News he was audited three times last year and investigated a fourth. VanderSloot has also long used his wealth in electoral politics: it was VanderSloot's LearJet that was rented by the state's far-right Lt. [19] In the NCAA Tournament, the Zags defeated Xavier for the program's first NCAA Tournament win[20] before narrowly losing in the second round to Pitt. The Post Register sued to obtain those sealed records, and then detailed how a Mormon bishop knew of his pedophile history yet still recommended him as a Scout master, how he was protected by several Boy Scout lawyers who were aware of more abuse but did not tell the boys' parents, and how top-level local and national leaders of the Mormon Church had also received warnings. She led the WCC in both scoring and assists on the way to a second straight unbeaten season in conference play. The third selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft, she was selected as an All-Star and named to the All-Rookie Team in her rookie year. Frank L. VanderSloot is CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In it, she described VanderSloot's involvement in the campaign against the public television documentary, and wondered aloud if the GOP Senate candidate shared VanderSloot's anti-gay views. The Zags, seeded No. [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. Regarding his personal life, Frank VanderSloot has been married to Belinda VanderSloot since 1995. The 25-year-old, who is also the mother of the killer's child, handed MailOnline photos of blood soaked white sheets which she claims were used to cover Van der Sloot’s wounds. Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor kid in rural Idaho. VanderSloot has become the Romney campaign's national finance co-chairman; four companies he controls gave a total of $1 million to Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney SuperPAC; he "has held Romney fund-raisers at his Idaho Falls ranch in both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns"; and Romney lavishly praised him this way: "Frank’s vision and sense of social responsibility is second to none and he never ceases to amaze me." Currently, he is the national finance co-chair of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, and his company has become one of the largest donors ($1 million) to the ostensibly "independent" pro-Romney SuperPAC, Restore Our Future. The very day the article was published, Melaleuca's General Counsel, Ryan Nelson, sent an email to Suthers (as well as to various Forbes editors) accusing him of making "defamatory statements" and directing: "We expect immediate action here and no more stonewalling from you." Close to 30 states in the U.S. have adopted so-called anti-SLAPP statutes -- designed to punish "strategic lawsuits against public participation" (SLAPP). IDAHO FALLS — Frank VanderSloot says he got “a big education” about the Idaho Freedom Foundation when he visited Boise earlier this year to advocate for legislation. They defeated UC Davis in the first round[16] before falling to Colorado in the second round. [39] She was also named as an Eastern Conference reserve for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game,[3] and was one of the five members of the 2011 All-Rookie Team, gaining 10 of a possible 11 votes from the league's head coaches.[4]. [1] The third selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft,[2] she was selected as an All-Star and named to the All-Rookie Team in her rookie year. Mahala was born in 1854. Melaleuca responded by obtaining an after-the-fact copyright certificate for that lawyer's letter, then demanded that the hosting company remove the letter from the website on the ground that it constituted copyright infringement (the hosting company promptly complied), and Melaleuca then sued the website for copyright infringement for having published the now-copyrighted lawyer's letter without their consent. 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. Frank VanderSloot, founder and CEO of Melaleuca, recently launched a new fund to defend people from “overly aggressive medical debt collectors.”. VanderSloot was personally audited by the IRS, as was his business. [18] Vandersloot won the first of what would be three WCC Player of the Year awards. Frank L. VanderSloot (born August 14, 1948) is an American entrepreneur, radio network owner, rancher, and political campaign financier. In the NCAA Tournament, Vandersloot led the Zags one round farther than in 2009, upsetting No. On May 19, 1903, Vanderlip married Mabel Narcissa Cox (Narcissa Cox Vanderlip) in her home town of Chicago, Illinois. But many people who threaten to bring such suits -- especially those with deep pockets making threats against those who cannot afford to defend themselves -- know full well that it will never get that far because the threats themselves will suffice. Threatening journalists and bloggers with baseless lawsuits and trying to suppress free debate is a recognized menace. Idaho’s richest man, Frank VanderSloot, and his wife, Belinda, announced on Tuesday they would double their original donation of $500,000 to defend eastern Idahoans from a … Joran van der Sloot's wife, Leydi Figueroa, has a much harder time visiting her husband today. He is the father of 14 children – six from his previous marriages with Vivian and Kathleen, and eight from Belinda’s previous marriage. Since the company began in September of 1985, VanderSloot has directed its growth into an international company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue. 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. The word about Melaleuca gets around in the old-fashioned way–by one person telling another about the effectiveness of Melaleuca products and the consumer-direct business opportunity Melaleuca provides. The Truth about Melaleuca and Frank VanderSloot . 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. After that season, Vandersloot was asked by many people if she would consider Washington or another Pac-10 school, but decided against it after a Pac-10 assistant told Hennig she was too small. 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. She finished with 29 points, 7 assists, and 7 steals as the Zags became the lowest-seeded team ever to reach a regional final in the women's tournament. Zuckerman's editor, Dean Miller, explained: "Our reporter, Peter Zuckerman, was not 'out' to anyone but family, a few colleagues at the paper (including me), and his close friends"; but after VanderSloot outed him to his community in that ad, "strangers started ringing Peter's doorbell at midnight. Then, in February 2006, a Dutch television station aired a hidden-camera confession that [21], As a junior in 2009–10, Vandersloot led Division I in assists, averaging 9.4 per game,[22] while leading the Zags to an unbeaten record in conference play. [36] However, she was seen as likely to be one of the top seven picks,[37] and was ultimately picked third overall by the Chicago Sky. By coincidence, she was one of the local reporters who interviewed me last weekend when I spoke to the annual Bill of Rights dinner of the ACLU in Idaho. It warned them that "this is serious business" that "will escalate this quickly if you do not help us resolve these issues immediately.". [3][4] She was named an All-Star again in 2019. Then there was VanderSloot's behavior in response to an award-winning investigative series by The Post Register, a small, independently-owned newspaper in Mormon-heavy Idaho Falls, which unearthed the story of a pedophile in the local Boy Scouts troop who had molested dozens of scouts (the national Boy Scouts of America had succeeded in having the subsequent civil case sealed from public view). While she finished with 25 points, only four came in the second half. Frank VanderSloot founded and runs Melaleuca, which makes more than 400 products ranging from health supplements to eco-friendly household cleaners. Once I got into high school and basketball started interfering with club soccer I found I dreaded going to soccer practice. During her college career at Gonzaga University, she was the only women's player in West Coast Conference history to be named the conference's player of the year three times, and also the only player to be named MVP of the WCC Women's Tournament three times. Despite her resolve, May-Chang works as an independent journalist and, like most other targets of VanderSloot's threats, is fearful of the financial consequences of defying his demands. Frank L. VanderSloot is CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Copyright © 2019 Salon.com, LLC. Brian was born June 28, 1974, in Seattle to Frank VanderSloot and … They have 14 children. Jacob was born in 1826, in Netherlands. Those anti-SLAPP statutes have repeatedly been used to defeat abusive lawsuits brought to stifle legitimate speech by media outlets and bloggers. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Frank VanderSloot may have evolved along with America. Born in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington to parents who both worked for Boeing,[9] Vandersloot grew up in a neighborhood with many children her age, and said in a 2011 interview that "all we did was play sports, all sports." In the 2017 season, she led the league in assists for the second time in her career, setting the single-season league record for assists per game at 8.1 apg and the record for most assists over a 15-game stretch with 149. Since the company began in September of 1985, VanderSloot has directed its growth into an international company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue. He would later say, "I did not take it easy on her at all. All rights reserved. They would take full advantage of their home court in the first two rounds. Courtney was selected 3rd overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2011 WNBA draft and played for different teams like Besiktas, Wisla Can Pack. [42] She also averaged a career-high in scoring. The reality is that most people who threaten to bring defamation lawsuits rarely do so. VanderSloot denounced the documentary as a threat to children: "if this isn't stopped, a lot of little kids will watch this program and create questions they've never had . His partner of five years was fired from his job.". [8] I felt so comfortable here." During that game, she became the first player in Division I history to amass 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists. He offered her a scholarship after seeing her practice, even though he did not stay for the tournament. Melaleuca marketing doesn’t rely on television commercials, radio ads, billboards, or any of the normal advertising methods. [17], In her 2008–09 sophomore season, she set a school record in assists with 239;[7] at the end of the regular season, her average of 7.3 per game led the conference, and she was also third in the conference in scoring at 16.4 per game. The Truth about Melaleuca and Frank VanderSloot . There are few things more invasive than being a defamation plaintiff. Company lawyers have subsequently called her several times at home, repeating their standard pattern of badgering their targets until they comply. [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 newspaper then began uncovering the presence of several other scout-master pedophiles. 11 seed, but had the advantage of playing their first-round and potential second-round games at their home court of McCarthey Athletic Center. By her own admission, Vandersloot came to Gonzaga as a shy freshman. He not only bought the entire operation on the island of Oahu, but paid $1.5 million to the ranchers and several others who were owed money. [Adam] Morrison [a recent Gonzaga men's standout] was a little bit the same way. But it doesn’t erase the past. [7] She would eventually sign with Gonzaga in November 2006, during her senior year at Kentwood; she noted in 2011, "I wasn't really being highly recruited and I just didn't want to go through the stressful recruiting process, so I committed early to Gonzaga."[9]. ", 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. “It was a complete shock,” Cassie said about her step-brother's death. Despite these performances, the Sky missed out on the playoffs yet again, they finished 13-21. It's almost impossible to imagine any more thuggish attempts to intimidate people from speaking out and criticizing VanderSloot: this was a tiny website being sued for trivial offenses in federal court by a company owned by a billionaire. 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. VanderSloot has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University. Organizations such as The Public Participation Project now exist exclusively to defend those victimized by SLAPP suits or the threat of them. When he received an accusatory letter from a Melaleuca lawyer, Associate Counsel Michael LaClare, Tidmarsh spoke to friends to decide what to do, but before he could respond, he received a follow-up missive by email from a different company lawyer, General Counsel Ryan Nelson, demanding compliance. [9], A pivotal moment in her life came during the summer before her sophomore year, when she went with a friend to the Gonzaga University girls' basketball camp. She also included the official photograph of VanderSloot taken from the Melaleuca website: a common practice for journalists when writing about a public figure. Most of those who have been successfully bullied out of their free speech rights are reluctant to talk about what happened for fear of further retribution. Worse, as part of that lawsuit, Melaleuca issued a subpoena demanding the identities of both anonymous bloggers -- the one who wrote the original post about VanderSloot ("TomPaine") and the one who posted the lawyer's letter ("d2"). That's equally true of someone who continues to use their vast wealth to influence the outcome of our elections and our most inflammatory political debates. Idaho might supply a third of America’s potatoes, but you won’t find its richest resident among the state’s 325,000 acres of potato fields, or even in its capital city of Boise.… "[7], In her rookie season, she became the Sky's regular starter at the point, ultimately starting 26 of the team's 34 games. In 2008, VanderSloot's wife, Belinda, donated $100,000 to California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 campaign. Over the last decade, he has continuously inserted himself into the political realm in all sorts of inflammatory and influential ways, clearly making him a public figure and fair game for scrutiny. 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. But now, VanderSloot may have picked the wrong person to bully. The year before she arrived in Spokane, the Bulldogs averaged 1,492 with a team that would make its first NCAA Tournament appearance. On February 2 of this year, one of its bloggers, James Tidmarsh, wrote a piece entitled "Romney Receives Big Money from Idaho's Not-So-Gay-Friendly Melaleuca Company." [40] However, despite these efforts, the Sky finished 12-22, missing out on the playoffs for the first time in four years. That's why one no longer can even read most of the criticisms that prompted these warnings. Because one must prove reputational injury, and in most cases must prove that one's business or financial interests have been harmed by the allegedly defamatory statements, virtually every aspect of a person's private and business life -- anything relating to their reputation and financial activities -- is subject to discovery and investigation. 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. As she put it to me: "his legal team insists that neither VanderSloot nor his company have an anti-gay position, but when placed up against his actions that assertion is laughable." Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor farm boy and lived in a laundromat to pay his way through school. It detailed VanderSloot's ties to Romney, the controversial business history of Melaleuca, and the attacks on (and community outing of) Zuckerman by VanderSloot for his Boy Scout/pedophile investigative series. 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. The WNBA has a new single-game assists leader. The website complied by removing the post, but wanted their readers to know why the post was removed. It’s those same ideals that Frank uses in his family. She led the WNBA in assists in 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019, and holds the all-time WNBA records for most assists in a season (300), highest assists-per-game in a season (9.1), and highest career assists-per-game (6.2).[5][6]. Tweets by @FLVanderSloot She is nonetheless determined not to permit a highly politicized billionaire to create a Free Speech and Free Press shield of immunity around himself with baseless, bullying legal threats. The third selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft, she was selected as an All-Star and named to the All-Rookie Team in her rookie year. 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