Why this story has not ended 8 years ago ?
IMO, mainly because of his skillful manipulation of the story through his JONP blog. The "successful" first Hotcat test by the Swedes/Levi, helped also, and Lugano until it was debunked. Overall though, without his JONP, the story should have died after the court documents became available, and following the settlement when he announced there was no market for the Doral 1MW system. Pretty obvious at that point it was a scam.
He may yet save the planet and redeem himself in the next few months. We shall see.