For the second time in about seven years, a San Francisco jury has found two major tobacco companies liable for damages related to Leslie Whiteley’s habit of smoking cigarettes.

In court Wednesday, a jury recommended Whiteley’s husband get about $2.5 million in compensatory damages, more than the $1.7 million in compensatories attorney Madelyn Chaber helped the Whiteleys win the first time around, before a higher court ordered a retrial.

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