Possible appeal could delay lawsuit trial

photo McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center employees unload animals taken from The Pet Company at Hamilton Place Mall.

Rulings this week by a federal judge could trigger an appeal that would delay a scheduled Monday trial in the $10 million lawsuit against McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center and Chattanooga.

Lawyers for both sides met with U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier on Wednesday afternoon to finalize details of the pending civil trial. Collier ruled on multiple questions this week that limited much of what jurors will decide in the trial.

One of Collier's rulings denied an argument by McKamey lawyers David Harrison and Mark Litchford to give their clients "qualified immunity," which protects government officials from being sued individually for violating a person's constitutional rights.