I have a friend who is a published author. She had someone create a website for her in about 2006.
That web designer took care of the hosting and domain registration matters.
The designer flaked out and let the domain name expire and my friend had no knowledge of such. Her domain name was her real (not a pen name) first and last name dot com. Her website was active for at least five years. The Wayback Machine has two captures - both home pages, one from 2008 and one from 2011.
The person that now owns the name wants $2000 for it.
My friend has hired an attorney and has filed a case in small claims court. The defendant did not appear for the first hearing date. Another date has been set.
Under these circumstances, what are the chances that my friend can get her name back at a more reasonable price than $2000?