Lauren Spierer lawsuit on hold as judge mulls dismissal

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INDIANAPOLIS – A lawsuit filed by the parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is effectively on hold until a judge decides whether to dismiss it.

Lawyers for Rob and Charlene Spierer met with lawyers for Corey Rossman, Mike Beth and Jay Rosenbaum—the three men who were the last to see Lauren Spierer. Both sides appeared before a federal magistrate in Indianapolis Thursday.

The Spierers want their lawsuit to proceed to the discovery phase, which would allow lawyers to question the three defendants under oath.

Lawyers for the defendants filed a motion asking that the lawsuit be dismissed, arguing that there’s no evidence that Spierer is dead or that the men had anything to do with her disappearance. The judge advised all parties to hold off on the next step in the lawsuit until a decision is made on the defense’s motions.

“In light of the issues raised in the pending motions to dismiss, as well as Defendants’ expected assertion of their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, the Court grants the Defendants’ request to stay all discovery pending rulings on those motions,” the ruling read

The lawsuit filed by Spierer’s parents claims that the men gave their daughter alcohol but failed to make sure she returned home safely. She’s been missing since June 3, 2011.