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Spierer lawsuit will move forward

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Eyewitness News is learning more about a federal judge's decision to allow Lauren Spierer's parents to sue two former Indiana University students in connection with the woman's disappearance.

According to this court ruling, the Spierers can take legal action against two students who were among the last people to see Lauren before she vanished.

June 3rd, 2011 was the last time Lauren Spierer was seen on surveillance video. The IU student vanished after a night of partying in Bloomington.

After searching for their daughter for more than two years, Robert and Charlene Spierer have now been successful in court. A federal judge ruled the Spierers can sue Corey Rossman and Jason Rosenbaum, two students who spent time with Lauren the night she disappeared.

In the lawsuit, the Spierers claim Rosenbaum invited Lauren to a party at his home; saw she was intoxicated and supplied her with alcohol. The Spierers claim Rossman took Lauren to Kilroy's where he bought her multiple alcoholic beverages.

Multiple individuals observed Lauren "in a distressed, incoherent and non-responsive state."

The lawsuit claims Lauren spent time at Rossman's apartment, then Rosenbaum's residence before leaving on her own. She has not been seen since.

In the lawsuit, the Spierers claimed Rossman and Rosenbaum were negligent because they gave Lauren alcohol knowing she was already intoxicated.

The court also sided with the Spierers, who claim the men violated the "Indiana Dram Shop Act" which imposes liability on a person who provides alcoholic beverages to someone who that person knows is intoxicated for tort damages caused later by the intoxication.

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