The two men who were last seen with Lauren Spierer, the Indiana University student who disappeared after a night of partying in 2011, denied allegations Monday that they were responsible for taking care of the girl.
In response to a federal lawsuit filed by Spierer's parents last June, attorneys for Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman said Monday that neither man owed the 20-year-old any "duty of care," according to the Indianapolis Star.
Spierer reportedly went out drinking with friends on June 3, 2011, in Bloomington and was never seen again. Her parents, Rob and Charlene Spierer, filed suit
against Rosenbaum, Rossman, and a third man, Michael Beth, over the summer, claiming they were the last three to see the Greenburgh, N.Y., native before her disappearance. The case is still unsolved and no body was ever found.
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The Spierers allege that the three men's negligent actions, or inactions, may have contributed to their daughter's vanishing and presumed death. The lawsuit alleges that Rossman, Rosenbaum, and Beth — who were all with Spierer at various times that night — were aware that she was "extremely intoxicated to the point of incapacitation," yet didn't do enough to make sure she made it home safely.
The case was turned over to federal court because the parties involved are from different states, and the case against Beth was thrown out in December after a judge ruled that he wasn’t liable just because he saw Spierer while she was intoxicated.
The Spierers' wrongful death suit accuses Rosenbaum and Rossman of negligence per se and dram shop, a legal term used when damages are sought for providing alcohol to a clearly intoxicated person, according to the Star.
Rosenbaum and Rossman contend that the bar where they were drinking should be held responsible because the bartenders served an underage Spierer and continued to give her drinks even though she was obviously drunk.
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