Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against men last seen with missing student Lauren Spierer
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.
The civil negligence lawsuit was filed against Corey Rossman and Jay Rosenbaum, the two men last seen with Spierer before she disappeared in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana issued the decision Tuesday. It comes one year after Spierer’s parents filed the lawsuit, which accuses Rossman and Rosenbaum of giving Spierer alcohol even though she was already intoxicated. Spierer’s parents claim the men—who were among the last people to see her—failed in their “duty of care” to their daughter.
Attorneys for the men pointed blame at Kilroy’s Sports Bar in Bloomington, where Spierer was seen drinking earlier in the night before she disappeared.
After the announcement of the dropped suit, a Twitter account dedicated to posting the latest on the search for the missing co-ed tweeted “devastated.”
According to IndyStar reporter Kristine Guerra, the family’s lawyer will appeal the dismissal and “continue our pursuit of answers..”