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HOUSTON -- The City of Houston is suing a developer for half-a-million dollars for cutting down trees.

The city said Signature City Homes cut down a 100-year old live oak tree on Bomar Street, and another 100-year-old tree on Blodgett.

In its suit, the city accused the developer of conspiracy, claiming it cut the trees down at a time when few people would notice.

Signature City Homes released the following statement:

Signature City Homes has tried multiple times to sensibly resolve this dispute, but the city instead is wasting taxpayer resources with frivolous litigation. This lawsuit is a cynical election-season stunt. We look forward to sharing with the court the city's conduct in this dispute.

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