Civil Negligence Suit In Case of IN Student Whose Disappearance Made News


Can a civil negligence suit help solve a highly-publicized missing persons case? That’s what the parents of Lauren Spierer hope. They sued three of their daughter's fellow Indiana University students who were with Spierer the night she vanished two years ago, the Indianapolis Star reports. The suit charges Corey Rossman, Jason Rosenbaum, and Michael Beth with “negligence resulting in the disappearance, death or injury of an adult child.” Spierer's disappearance in 2011 made national news. Her parents, of Greenburgh, N.Y., have said the people who were with the fashion merchandise major that night have not been forthcoming about what they know.

The lawsuit was filed “with great reluctance,” said Jason Barclay, a lawyer for Rob and Charlene Spierer. They filed it only after Barclay and his legal team advised them they “would lose certain legal rights” if they didn't file anything within two years of Spierer's disappearance. The lawsuit alleges that Rossman, Rosenbaum and Beth owed Spierer “a duty of care.” They were aware that she was “extremely intoxicated to the point of incapacitation,” the suit says, and didn't do enough to make sure she made it home safely.

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