Toray Plastics American, N.A. voluntarily dismissed all claims with prejudice against Matthew Paknis in an action in the Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 1:18-cv-00672-WES-PAS. Paknis did not sign any settlement agreement or pay any money to Toray in consideration for the dismissal.
The dismissal marks the end of a years-long litigation in which Toray pursued claims against Paknis for breach of a non-disparagement provision and defamation arising from Paknis’ publication of his book Successful Leaders Aren’t Bullies: How to Stop Abuse at Work and Build Exceptional Organizations. Paknis at all times maintained that the book, which does not reference Toray or any employee of Toray, could not have violated the non-disparagement clause and was not defamatory.
The case was featured on the cover of the August 26, 2022 edition of Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly in an article that can be accessed here: http://rilawyersweekly.com/blog/2022/08/26/ former-employee-can-be-sued-over-workplace-bullying-book/
Attorney John A. Mangones represented the defendant Matthew Paknis in the federal court litigation.
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