Visant/Jostens/American Achievement, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Visant Corporation, Jostens, Inc., and American Achievement Corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

141 0033

Docket Number:


Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Part 3 Administrative Complaints

Case Summary

The Commission approved an administrative complaint, alleging that a combined Jostens/American Achievement Corp. ("AAC") would control an unduly high percentage of the high school and college rings markets, making it a dominant firm with only one smaller meaningful competitor in both markets.  The Commission charged that the proposed combination of Jostens and AAC would likely have been anticompetitive and led to higher prices and reduced service for both high school and college students who buy class rings.  The FTC also voted to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to stop Jostens from proceeding with the proposed acquisition of its close rival, AAC.  On April 17, 2014, the parties abandoned their plans to merge.