Tom Barnett, counsel to Expedia Inc. and speaking for its TripAdvisor unit, said CEO Stephen Kaufer, “went to Google last year”and demanded that TripAdvisor reviews be removed from Google Places “and Google said no.” Google used coersive tactics instead, Barnett claims. “The only way we will take that down is if you will never appear anywhere in our dominant search engine results,” Barnett says was Google’s message to Kaufer. Barnett said he was “somewhat offended” by earlier testimony from Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who said Yelp’s reviews were removed from Google Places when Yelp wrote a letter to Google demanding that its reviews be taken off Google Places. “This is not what happened,” Barnett said. Get the full story at Tnooz