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Some Alabama residents to receive storm shelter refunds

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Attorney General Luther Strange announced today that approximately 250 Alabama consumers will receive refunds of about $300 from a case involving a North Alabama storm shelter company. Wednesday, the Madison County Circuit Court  approved these payments of partial refunds for customers of Tornado Masters of Alabama.

"I am pleased this case has concluded with significant refunds due to be returned to Alabamians who were deceived and endangered by the practices of this company," said Attorney General Strange.

The case arose in March 2012 when the Attorney General sued Tornado Masters and its two owners, Les and Grady Holt, for selling defective, dangerous, and inadequate tornado shelters, which the company had falsely represented, met government safety standards. In response to the Attorney General's complaint, Circuit Judge Dennis O'Dell permanently shut down the company; ordered that the Holts never again be involved in the tornado-shelter business in Alabama; appointed Huntsville attorney Bill Gibbons as a receiver to collect and liquidate the business's assets; and ordered the defendants to pay the maximum fines allowed under the law.

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