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FTC asking court to stop Rakuten from offering free shipping

Christian Fernsby |
The Fair Trade Commission today filed a request with the Tokyo District Court to take urgent action to stop internet giant Rakuten Inc.'s new free shipping policy.

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Topics: FTC    COURT    RAKUTEN    SHIP   

Rakuten plans to offer free shipping from March 18 despite repeated calls from the FTC to revise the policy.

The FTC searched Rakuten's offices on Feb. 10 and has been conducting its own investigation by questioning online mall sellers about the new policy.

But with the start of the new plan fast approaching, FTC officials apparently decided that they could not wait until their own investigation was completed before taking action against Rakuten.

The request calls on the Tokyo District Court to issue an emergency order to temporarily suspend the start of the new plan.

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