The Erosion of Secrecy in Air Disaster Litigation

In the debate over the proper role of court-ordered or government-enforced secrecy air disaster litigation is an important battleground. These are high-profile cases usually involving import public safety issues. The new safety information discovered in air crashes should be available to other members of the industry and the public, yet historically and surprisingly these cases have been shrouded in great secrecy. Judge Forester’s ruling in the Lexington Case firmly rejecting the airline’s efforts to hush the matter are well-grounded in law and consistent with the modern trend away from the overuse of secrecy. While the tipping point favoring public access has probably been reached in the court secrecy debate overall, much work remains in air disaster litigation. The new appreciation for the public’s right to know is having a positive effect, and the favoring secrecy in air disaster litigation is rightfully changing.

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  • Authors:
    • Rapoport, David E
    • Teich, Michael L
  • Publication Date: 2011


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01345403
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2011 1:30PM