CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A state appeals court has ruled that River City Co. and two associates will not have to pay Chattanooga for millions of dollars in repairs at the Passage on the downtown riverfront.

Judge John McClarty's ruling supported the trial court's decision throwing out the case because it the statute of limitations had expired.

"Chattanooga had constructive and actual knowledge of the construction defects and damage regarding the project," McClarty wrote. "The evidence supports the determination of the trial court."

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Jacqueline Bolton dismissed the 2009 lawsuit early last year, saying it was filed past the three-year statute of limitations.

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