IDAHO FALLS -- A state judge has ruled that attorneys for Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot can question four employees of a national magazine to help determine jurisdiction in VanderSloot's defamation lawsuit against Mother Jones.

The Post Register reports that Judge Darla Williamson made the decision filed earlier this month in Bonneville County Court.

Depositions will be taken from reporter Stephanie Mencimer, editor Monika Bauerlein, CEO Madeleine Buckingham, and Robert Wise, the magazine's online technology director.

VanderSloot, the CEO of direct marketing company Melaleuca, filed the lawsuit in Idaho Falls' 7th District court in January. The magazine in March filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit because of a lack of jurisdiction.

VanderSloot says a February 2012 article about him and two tweets promoting it prompted national criticism.

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