Each side is limited in the number of jurors they can remove from the pool without cause. A juror owning a patent wouldn't have been an issue that would cause suspicions of prejudice at voir dire, since both sides had patents on the table in this case.
GoDaddy was free to voice their opinion on SOPA/PIPA, and they did so. Their customers were also free to express their opinion that GoDaddy was wrong, and they did so as well. That expression happened to involve removing their domains from GoDaddy's service.
Neither side had their freedom of speech revoked. Freedom of speech is not freedom from the consequences of that speech.
AAA is considered prime lending. No default risk at all. A drop from that point means there's at least some risk of default, which means the debt will cost the US more to maintain, as lenders will require more interest to cover the risk, no matter how slight that is.
The difference between AAA and AA+ might be half a percent in interest. Doesn't seem like a lot, but on a debt in the trillions of dollars, it can hit hundreds of billions of dollars extra every year in interest.
That has to be factored into new budgets, which are already heavy with red ink.
Actually, because the lawyer threatened endless frivolous lawsuits, he could be censured from the courts. (If anyone remembers a certain Florida lawyer with a penchant for submitting porn as evidence as well as his huge volume of frivolous lawsuits, he was censured and eventually disbarred because of it.)