Spierer family files lawsuit

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Just before the two year anniversary of her disappearance, the parents of Lauren Spierer filed a civil negligence lawsuit against the three men who were among the last people to see her the night she disappeared.

The lawsuit alleges that the negligence and omissions of Corey Rossman, Jason “Jay” Rosenbaum and Michael Beth led to her disappearance and her presumed death.

The Spierers filed the lawsuit just before the two year anniversary of her disappearance because, in Indiana there is a two year statute of limitations.

The attorney for Rob and Charlene Spierer says the lawsuit isn’t about money. He says the Spierers are searching for answers from the men who might be able to shed new light on the case.

The three men lived at the same apartment complex in Bloomington where Spierer reportedly began a night of drinking on June 2nd. She was reportedly last seen leaving the same apartment complex in the early morning hours of June 3rd.

The lawsuit alleges “Rossman, Rosenbaum and Beth owed Spierer a duty of care.”

The lawsuit makes a series of claims about the events that took place the night she disappeared, including that Rossman took her to Kilroy’s and continued buying her drinks despite her being “extremely intoxicated.” The lawsuit also alleges that Rossman had to carry her back to the apartment because she was incapacitated, but that, ultimately, the three men still allowed her to leave on her own.

The lawsuit alleges: “Spierer’s abandonment in an intoxicated and disorientated state in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011, in an area known for criminal acts contributed to her disappearance, and presumed injuries and death.”

Though they seek damages, the Spierer’s attorney says the lawsuit is motivated by a push for answers, not money.

“Rob and Charlene Spierer authorized the filing of this lawsuit with great reluctance and only after we counseled them that they would lose certain legal rights if not exercised by the two-year anniversary of Lauren’s disappearance,” said attorney Jason Barclay. “We hope no one will misinterpret this action. Any parent in search of information about a missing child would use every resource available to them. Therefore, we intend to use the rights afforded by the civil justice system to obtain answers to questions that have gone unanswered for too long. We fully expect that those with relevant information will cooperate with this process.”

The Spierers are demanding a jury trial in federal court in Indianapolis.

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