The Montana Supreme Court heard arguments in an appeal of a case that could determine whether the state's $10 million cap on jury awards for punitive damages will stand.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports attorneys on Friday debated before the court whether the cap is constitutional. They made arguments during the appeal of a $52 million verdict awarded to an office supply company.

Two district judges have now ruled the limits unconstitutional. If the high court upholds those rulings, the effect could be an increase in jury awards in lawsuits across the state.

Punitive damages are awarded by a judge or jury to set an example and punish a defendant.

No decision was made Friday, and justices say they will rule on the case at a later date.