HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County Judge granted a permanent injunction against Tornado Masters on Tuesday.
The injunction effectively shut down the company from doing any further business.
Last month the Alabama Attorney General Office argued that Tornado Masters deceived customers and sold them faulty tornado shelters.
The court found that none of the shelters documented ever met FEMA-320 standards. The shelters also could not withstand an EF-5 tornado even though Tornado Masters claimed they could. They lied about their shelters being tested at Texas Tech University. The company fooled customers into thinking they were awarded Federal Government money for shelters.
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Judge Dennis Odell said Tornado Masters deceived and lied to customers and now they are paying the price. Odell ordered all of the company's assets to be frozen. He also wants a written record of all the money Tornado Masters took in from their customers and any down payments made to the company. The court believes the company sold at least 220 shelters in the last year alone.
Any violation of these orders will result in a $25,000 fine per violation.
Tornado Masters owner Les Holt said that his tornado shelters are safe after a hearing in March.
"I personally get in them. In my opinion, the one I get in is safe. It's just like everyone else's," he said
Several customers testified that they made a deposit on a storm shelter, but never had one installed. The company also never issued refunds.