While Jason Goldberg's best course of action, assuming he doesn’t want to become another “laugh piece” for The New York Times, is to admit that he overreacted and retract any hint of taking legal action, the best course of action for John Sumser at Recruiting.com is to focus on making the site relevant. Although I don't often agree with some finer points Sumser makes, it seems very clear to me that he has the ability to make something of the site without Jobster attempting to take down or force partnership upon RecruitingBlogs.com. Obviously, my assessment seems to be opposite of Goldberg, based on this action. Either Sumser is unsure of what do, which prompted the perception that this network competes, or he is not being allowed to do what needs to be done, which also demonstrates a lack of faith. Regardless, from a communication perspective, the damage is done, making it all the more difficult for Sumser to do what could be done. Personally, I think Sumser's best bet is to stay out of commenting on the issue any more than he has, and privately encourage Goldberg to reverse course, going so far as to say that his input helped save the day. If I were Davis, I would ignore the letter, forgo any negotiations, and sit tight until the threat of legal action becomes real and all the more newsworthy. Time and time again, Davis has waived off any mention of recruiters deserting Recruiting.com and has gone so far as to promote Recruting.com right here.