Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 22, 2017 (December 11, 2017)




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-36556   20-3563182

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

3535 Harbor Blvd., Suite 100, Costa Mesa, California   92626
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 599-5000


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Item 8.01. Other Events.

On December 11, 2017, a jury sitting in Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, North District entered a verdict finding that El Pollo Loco violated a purported implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing when it opened a restaurant outside of a franchisee’s contractually assigned non-exclusive territory. The verdict came in a lawsuit filed by Janice P. Handlers-Bryman and Michael D. Bryman, both as individuals and as trustees of the Handlers Bryman Trust, current franchisees, who challenge the enforceability of the territorial non-exclusivity clause in the franchise agreement for their Lancaster, California restaurant. El Pollo Loco is confident that the verdict is not supported either by applicable law or by the weight of the evidence presented during the trial. An assessment of damages will be made in a separate trial which is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2018. Any final judgment entered is subject to appeal by the parties to the lawsuit, and El Pollo Loco intends to vigorously appeal.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.

Date: December 22, 2017

/s/ Laurance Roberts

Laurance Roberts
Chief Financial Officer