Many have commented on Colgan Air’s failure to provide key documents in the wrongful death lawsuits against the airline for the negligence, lack of training of its pilots, obvious errors and management of its operations.

What is not making the news is that major corporations and their insurance companies all too often hide key evidence and get away with it. Many courts, particularly state courts are reluctant to sanction these tactics which are improper and obstruct the civil justice process. The good news is that the Colgan withholding of emails is getting the attention of newspaper editorial boards, politicians and others.

We must be diligent in seeing that civil justice processes is fair to both sides. This can only be done if all of the evidence is available to the parties, the court and the public.

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