Mediations Begin for Families of Flight 3407 Victims

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - For Robin Tolsma and Jennifer West, this week will be anything but easy, "I think it's going to be hard because there's so much emotion" says Tolsma.
The two women, who lost husbands in the February 2009 crash of Continental flight 3407, will meet with representatives from the companies they are suing.
It's a process called mediation.
"Mediation is a process by which both sides meet to settle a case," says attorney Hugh Russ.
He is representing several family members of crash victims.
At mediation, the family members will have the chance to talk about the loved ones they lost-- to paint a picture-- of the victim.
The goal is to try and reach a settlement-- outside of the courtroom.
Which is not always done.
"I think the process is a good process I think the parties are approaching it in good faith but I think the cases are so significant they are not resolved in one session or quickly," says Russ.
Both Tolsma and West are not optimistic the process will end in mediation- but both happy they can tell the story of their loved ones.
" I don't care if I have to sit there for 12 hours. I think it's important they know the man they are responsible for killing." Tolsma said.
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