On 23 June, the Mannheim Regional Court ruled that Nestlé Deutschland AG and Molkerei Alois Müller GmbH & Co KG are entitled to in total almost € 14 million from sugar producers Südzucker, Nordzucker and Pfeifer & Langen for damages following cartel agreements on sugar prices. These are two pilot proceedings. According to the court, around 40 damages proceedings started by various food and beverage manufacturers following the cartel are filed with the Mannheim Regional Court. In total several hundred million euros are being claimed. Normally this kind of ruling would lead to a better chance for claimants to reach a favourable settlement with defendants.