<<In Europe, we aren't sue-minded,>>
I think Europe is different in that if I sue you and its baseless you can come after me counter-sue etc. to recoup the money you spent defending yourself. That certainly makes peole have second thoughts about sueing.
In the US there is no such protection from frivolous lawsuits. Special interest groups go this route to force parties to do as they like. Its really just extortion.
This is one thing that the gooberment should fix.