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Lauren Spierer civil suit moves forward

December 24, 2013

Two of three grounds for a civil lawsuit in the June 2011 disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer will move forward, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, partially denying a motion to dismiss filed by the two remaining defendants.

Spierer’s parents sued three men believed to have last been seen with Spierer, then 20, after a night of drinking and partying in Bloomington. The suit in the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is Robert Evan Spierer and Mary Charlene Spierer v. Corey Rossman, Jason Isaac Rosenbaum and Michael B. Beth, 1:13-CV-00991-TWP-TAB.

District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt earlier this month granted Beth’s motion to dismiss, and Pratt on Wednesday partially granted and partially denied motions to dismiss from Rossman and Rosenbaum.

Pratt granted dismissal of the Spierers’ negligence claim under the Child Wrongful Death Statute, but denied moves for dismissal of negligence per se and dram shop liability.

“Whether or not these claims can survive summary judgment is a matter for another day,” Pratt wrote.
 
 

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