Appeals court upholds dismissal of Spierer lawsuit

In this June 16, 2011 file photo, Robert and Charlene Spierer display a photo of their missing daughter Lauren Spierer taken by a video surveillance camera in her apartment building on the night she disappeared, during a news conference in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A federal judge has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

The Spierers targeted Corey Rossman and Jason Rosenbaum in a civil negligence lawsuit. The parents accused the two of failing to see Lauren Spierer safely back to her apartment.

The lower court ruled the Spierers provided insufficient evidence to support their claims.

On Friday, a judge with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s decision.

“Because he was with Lauren the majority of the evening and bought drinks for her, Rossman was nearest to assuming a duty to care for her. But he also appears to have been intoxicated — so much so that it is questionable whether he could effectively take care of himself, still less another person,” the federal judge wrote.

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