BEAUFORT — Lawyers for a Hilton Head Island property owners association and a security chief want a $6 million award against them overturned.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported ( reported that Judge Carmen Mullen heard motions for about an hour in Beaufort on Monday and will make a decision later.

Hilton Head Island Municipal Judge Maureen Coffey sued Community Services Associates and its security chief, George Breed, accusing them of harassing and defaming her and her family during an investigation of a series of break-ins.

A jury last month awarded Coffey $2 million in damages and $4 million in punitive damages.

A lawyer for the association said the award was excessive. The attorney also said the punitive damages award was unconstitutional.

Coffey’s attorney says the award was reasonable.