The commission set up by Congress to dig into the U.S. financial crisis is releasing more than its final report today, as it begins putting online a trove of investigative documents.

Lawyers for companies at the center of the crisis have wondered what might become of the documents, given that, as The National Law Journal reported in August, they had been internal to the companies and could be of interest to the plaintiffs’ bar. Many of those companies have already been battling proposed securities class actions.