Battle for Justice Continues for Families of Flight 3407 Victims

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -Wednesday United States District Judge William Skretny met with more than a dozen lawyers for updates on wrongful death lawsuits following the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center back in February of 2009. The crash killed 50 people. 18 claims remain in Federal Court, filed against Colgan Air, Pinnacle Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Bombardier. Another 5 remain unsettled in State Supreme Court. 24 cases have have already been settled. Several families remain resilient and are determined to hold the airline carriers responsible.

"I don't want to quietly walk away with a check that doesn't even come close to representing who she was, because my daughter was an amazing person," said Marilyn Kausner, who lost her daughter Elly in the crash. "I don't feel they've been exposed for what they did and frankly this was a terrible thing that could have been prevented."

The attorney for the 3407 family group says they are making progress with litigation, but they're prepared for a trial if need be. The group is now seeking the testimony of 2 former Continental CEO's.

"I'm clearly not accusing my defendants of withholding information, but they clearly are obstructing our efforts to obtain it and my fear is we're forced to move to trial," said Hugh Russ, who is representing many of the families.

The judge has set another status update for May 30th. The attorneys for the airline defendants in this case declined comment after court.