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Tornado Masters set to face lawyers in court

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The State of Alabama and the BBB are expected to be present at the hearing for Tornado Masters. The State of Alabama and the BBB are expected to be present at the hearing for Tornado Masters.

A Madison County storm shelter company goes to court on Friday. The state wants to bring them before a judge to consider a preliminary injunction that seeks to stop them from doing business.

The company Tornado Masters is accused of building unsafe and unlicensed tornado shelters.

The Attorney General issued a temporary restraining order against the company Tornado Masters while the complaints are reviewed.

The company will also have a chance to make their own case against the allegations in Friday's hearing.

Attorney General Luther Strange will not be present at the hearing but will send three lawyers. Two lawyers are from the consumer protection unit and one is from the civil division.

The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama will be at the hearing and will possibly testify.

"One of those concerns that we would be talking about if called upon, would relate to a bogus grant distribution form that was presented to a complainant that we had talked to," said Michele Mason, President of the BBB of North Alabama.

Mason said the BBB reported on eight complaints regarding Tornado Masters before the restraining order was issued.

Meantime, a receiver is working with past Tornado Masters customers while complaints are reviewed.

The receiver is Huntsville attorney Bill Gibbons. He sent an e-mail to customers late Wednesday to give direction to people who may still owe the shelter company money.

Gibbons wrote to customers saying they should contact him if they paid for a shelter unit but have not received it yet.

He said anyone who received a shelter unit and still owes payments should withhold from sending money until their unit is determined safe.

Customers were also asked to provide copies of contracts and canceled checks. They also were asked to make a tally of how much money has been paid to the company so far.



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