Some Alabama residents to receive storm shelter refunds

      AttorneyGeneral Luther Strange announced today that approximately 250 Alabama consumerswill receive refunds of about $300 from a case involving a North Alabama stormshelter company. Wednesday, the Madison County Circuit Court {}approved these payments of partial refunds forcustomers of Tornado Masters of Alabama.

      "I am pleased this case hasconcluded with significant refunds due to be returned to Alabamians who weredeceived and endangered by the practices of this company," said AttorneyGeneral Strange.

      The case arose in March 2012when the Attorney General sued Tornado Masters and its two owners, Les andGrady Holt, for selling defective, dangerous, and inadequate tornado shelters,which the company had falsely represented, met government safety standards. Inresponse to the Attorney General's complaint, Circuit Judge Dennis O'Dellpermanently shut down the company; ordered that the Holts never again beinvolved in the tornado-shelter business in Alabama; appointed Huntsvilleattorney Bill Gibbons as a receiver to collect and liquidate the business'sassets; and ordered the defendants to pay the maximum fines allowed under thelaw.