Conducting Transatlantic Business Basic Legal Distinctions in the US and Europe

The laws of continental Europe and those of the USA are substantially distinct. The general difference
between common law, as practiced in the US, and civil law, as practiced in continental Europe, is widely
accepted, even if it is not always fully understood. American court rulings, for instance, can be extreme
in the eyes of Europeans, who are not familiar with concepts such as punitive damages.