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Family sues Duluth bar in man's freezing death

DULUTH, Minn. -- The family of a Duluth man has filed a lawsuit against a local bar, alleging that alcohol sales to the drunken man contributed to his death of exposure.

The lawsuit was filed against the Copasetic Lounge in the death of 22-year-old Scott Miner, who died in a parking lot on Jan. 25, 2009.

Court documents indicate Miner left the bar about 2 a.m. and his body was found just before 9 a.m. after spending the night in 17 degrees below zero.

An autopsy determined the cause of death to be "exposure, with acute alcohol intoxication." His time of death was estimated at 4 a.m.

Copasetic Lounge denies that it illegally sold or furnished alcoholic drinks to Miner or that it contributed to his death.

The family is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.