Jury trial set for May 2015 in Lauren Spierer lawsuit

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 29, 2014) – A federal judge set a May 2015 date for a jury trial in the civil negligence lawsuit filed by the parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

Robert and Charlene Spierer filed the lawsuit in June 2013. They claim Corey Rossman and Jay Rosenbaum failed in their “duty of care” to their daughter, who disappeared on June 3, 2011, after a night of partying and drinking with friends. Originally, the suit also named Mike Beth, but a judge later dropped him from the lawsuit.

The judge said the trial would begin at 9 a.m. on May 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 8, 2015.

The case has seen its share of legal maneuvering in recent months. In January, the Spierers asked the judge to seal certain evidence in the case. Attorneys for Rossman and Rosenbaum called the request “overbroad” in their request to have the motion struck down. A judge denied the Spierer’s request in March.

Attorneys for the Spierers have requested a slew of information in the case, including phone records from AT&T and Verizon, student disciplinary and academic records from Indiana University and other documents and records related to their daughter’s disappearance.

Attorneys for the defendants said the request amounted to a “fishing expedition” and accused the Spierers of using federal subpoena powers to conduct their own independent investigation.