The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court ruled that the claim for damages by Cartel Damage Claims (CDC) against six cement companies was admissible even though German law did not regulate class actions. The defendants had been fined a total of e660 million in 2003 by the German Federal Cartel Office for operating a price-fixing cartel. CDC is a Brussels-based company that had purchased damages claims from 36 alleged victims of the cement cartel. According to press reports, CDC is seeking up to e350 million in damages. While German law does not provide for class actions, the Court ruled that CDC could validly acquire damages claims and, therefore, had standing to sue cartel members.