Webwork - 2:05 pm on Jun 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
iBILL, sometimes a lawyer (in this case possibly NameJet's lawyer) advises a client that a claim is utterly lacking in merit, unfounded, unsupportable, etc. and advises the client to "simply ignore it". Why? Because sometimes the very act of responding to an utter BS claim only serves to fuel the actor, i.e., a troll.
All depends. Will a lawyer/solicitor be sending the C&D letter? Will it be well reasoned and supported by evidence of a bona fide claim?
Whether to ignore "a claim" (Ex., a letter by a crank/wacko/fool/overly confident whatever/seriously misinformed over-reacher) is a judgment call. I've made them and lived to tell. ;)
In theory NameJet is "on notice of" a potential claim in probably dozens if not 100s of their auctions each year. I suspect this "possibility" is covered in the terms of service, so filing a lawsuit against NameJet - based upon a claim being filed against an auctioned domain - could well result in a summary judgment (based on TOS) dismissing the claim (for contribution, indemnification, losses, etc) AND an award of counsel fees.
Like I said: "All depends". Which is legalspeak for "I'm not being paid enough to collect all the facts and apply the law, predicates to me giving an actual, actionable legal opinion." :P