Activists decry plan as a "shameful giveaway" to Big Oil.
Proper investigations could help publicize the agency's looniness and yield further details about the agency's questionable methods and relationships.
Evidence was sought by prosecutors
Firm says he fraudulently claimed to represent thousands of people affected by oil spill to get money
Nearly 300 over two years
Faces a year in prison and $100,000 fine
Federal trial resumes
Opening statements today
Misdemeanor count comes with a $200,000 fine and three years probation
Will have to pay maximum fine
Claims money being funneled to claimants with "fictitious" damages
Everybody looking to cash in
Says they face billions in losses from false reports of damages
Between $3 and $5 billion to settle criminal charges
Washington's reaction is causing greater damage than the event itself.