I came across this article on facebook after a friend posted a small hotel's troubling experince with the travel giant. Quite unethical behaviour from such a large medium which people trust - I feel for a company of that size you have a certain responsibility to maintain the integrity of your site for both the readers and business you serve. At TSL we just removed about 13 obviously fake reviews the other day.
"Expedia has been hit by a Paris court order to pay a Euro 367,000 ($484,000) fine for “misleading marketing practices”. The fine will go to the Synhorcat group, a long-time thorn in the side of Expedia. A further Euro 70,000 will be heading in the direction of two hoteliers who joined the action.