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El Pollo Loco ordered to pay $8.8M in damages to franchisee

Company plans to ‘vigorously appeal’ in territory dispute with California operator

In a move that could have significant impact on franchisor agreements, a California jury has ordered El Pollo Loco to pay nearly $9 million in damages to two franchisees who accused the company of stealing profits when the chain opened a corporate store nearby.

Correction: May 08, 2018
The story has been updated to reflect the correct name of the law firm.

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