The following dates were also set:
-November 1, 2015, for discovery motions
-February 24, 2016, deadline for settlement
-June 10, 2016, pre-trial conference
The petition says that Edie Housel's husband Russell Thomas Howard, and daughter Harli Jayce Howard, 5, and son Hayze Cole Howard, 19 months, sought refuge in the Joplin Home Depot store at 5:17 May 22 when tornado sirens sounded.
(They) were directed to the training room in the back of the building, but before they could reach the area, the large unsupported wall panels collapsed on top of them. (They) were killed as a result of injuries suffered from the tornado.
The negligence claims include poor construction of the building, no proper emergency plan, and lack of proper training.
In addition to two counts of negligence, the defendants face a third count of "loss of consortium."
Ms. Housel is represented by Katrina Richards of the Hershewe Law Firm of Joplin.