While Akron’s most famous names were building their fortunes in rubber, Paul E. Werner had created a publishing empire that spanned the globe. Changes to international copyright laws lead to a series of suits against Werner’s publishing company. While he won most of the suits, the cost was high and ultimately toppled his vast empire. For a time, Werner left Akron to pursue other business ventures. In 1927, Werner returned home and lived in Cuyahoga Falls until his death in 1931.