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• was out yesterday with a study saying that "visits to shopping malls across the country fell further from 2022’s levels in April. But there was some positive movement measuring month-over-month visits, with visits to outlet malls growing nearly 3% over March and visits to open-air lifestyle centers (OALCs) growing 0.3% — indoor mall traffic, however, fell 1.3%."

Maybe not the best study to release as many Americans were reeling from the mass murder that took place at a Texas outlet mall.  As these incidents continue to happen, making places like malls (and schools and churches and stores and concerts) increasingly dangerous, I have to wonder how that will impact customer traffic at malls.  You have to go to school, but you don't have to go to the outlet mall.  People are going to make choices.

•  Reuters reports that "the California woman suing Subway for claiming its tuna products contain ingredients other than tuna wants to end her lawsuit because she is pregnant, prompting Subway to demand her lawyers be sanctioned for bringing a frivolous case.

"Nilima Amin said her 'severe' morning sickness and 'debilitating' conditions as she prepares for a third child have left her 'unable to proceed with the obligations as plaintiff,' and require her to focus on her health and family.

"Amin wants to dismiss the case in San Francisco federal court without prejudice, which would let her sue again when she feels better.

"In a May 4 filing, Subway said Amin's excuse flunked the 'straight-face' test, and her lawyers likely realized it would not 'simply pay the windfall settlement that they hoped to get by constructing a high-profile shakedown.'

"Subway also said the 'media frenzy' from the lawsuit caused severe harm, and faulted Amin's 'ever-changing' theories to debunk its claim that its tuna sandwiches, salads and wraps contained '100% tuna.'

"The chain wants Amin's proposed class action dismissed, and her seven lawyers to pay at least $618,000 of its legal bills."

I thought pregnant women had to restrict their consumption of tuna.  If that's true, I would thing pregnancy would mean that this woman actually could start going to Subway again.