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Transgender civil suit: Attorney will not comment on pending litigation

By JR Ortega
April 26, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.

WHARTON - An attorney at an Austin-based law firm will be taking the lead in representing the city of Wharton in a civil suit involving the transgender widow of a fallen firefighter.

Robert Stokes, an attorney with Flahive, Ogden, & Latson, will represent the city in the case, said Paul Webb, the city attorney for Wharton.

Neither Webb nor Stokes would comment on the case because it's pending litigation.

The case involves Nikki Araguz, whose marriage was ruled void and death benefits denied from Thomas T. Araguz III, who was killed in a July 2010 egg plant fire.

Araguz's latest suit is fighting for the deceased Araguz's workers' compensation benefits.

Peggy Campbell, Araguz's attorney, is adamant about taking this case as far as it has to go.

"We're not only fighting for her, we're fighting for all transgender people in this state," she said.



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