Make no mistake- Chipotle’s troubles are many and of their own making. After a string of illnesses as far back as 2015, Chipotle was given the chance to clean up their act – literally – and get their houses in order. The public-at-large, more or less, took them at their word that the problems were behind them.
If this Bloomberg article is to be believed, it would appear that they weren’t:
As a result of defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions, the precipitous decline in the market value of the company’s securities, plaintiff and other class members have suffered significant losses and damages,” according to the complaint in Denver federal court. Also named as defendants are the company’s chairman and co-founder Steve Ells, Chief Financial Officer John Hartung and former Co-Chief Executive Officer Montgomery Moran.
This begs the question, though, of just how much all of the litigation that has ensued since 2015 might have had the reverse effect on Chipotle’s efforts to clean things up.
To the Casual Observer it seems quite likely that the financial pressure of all the lawsuits and all the litigation and all the public scrutiny just might have kneecapped the company’s efforts to keep financially afloat well enough to afford to make all of the right changes in the expected amount of time.
While they don’t get a pass for endangering the public with unclean and unsafe food and restaurant health and public safety issues, it’s not a stretch to presume they might have done a better job had the ambulance Chasers and food safety administrators work with them rather than seeing just how much blood they could suck out of them before the well ran dry.