Opportunity of a Lifetime, Lost

June 19, 2018


If you love someone, you let them go, and if they come back, they are yours. Some people are not willing to let go, though. They decide to cost you the opportunity of a lifetime, instead.


In 2013, Canadian clarinetist Eric Abramovitz, was one of two accepted to complete his Bachelor’s Degree at the Coburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. He would have had the opportunity to study under Yehuda Gilad, an internationally renowned clarinet educator.


To understand how amazing this opportunity was, Gilad accepts just two students a year, and students globally compete to have this opportunity. Mr. Abramovitz would have had a scholarship worth about $50,000.00, for each of two academic years. That would have covered room and board, tuition, meals, and other expenses each year. The chance to study at Coburn, under Gilad, would have had an almost guaranteed high-paying symphony career in the wings for Mr. Abramovitz.


But Mr. Abramovitz was living with his girlfriend at the time, a Jennifer Lee, who he trusted, and had access to his passwords, to his email address, and to his computer. The acceptance email was seen by Ms. Lee, and purposely deleted. She was afraid to lose him to school and a move. And yet, the deceit went further. She faked an email from Mr. Abramovitz to reject the offer from Mr. Gilad. She then faked a rejection to his application from Mr. Gilad.  To make sure of the loss, she faked offering a scholarship to the University of Southern California, but the costs for tuition without a full scholarship were too high to accept. Mr. Abramovitz was fooled completely.


She did the same thing, Mr. Abramovitz alleges, with fake emails and an application to Julliard School in New York.


Mr. Abramovitz went onto McGill to complete his degree, and then later studied at University of Southern California, where he was able to study, part-time, under Mr. Gilad. Without a scholarship and two years past the time he would have had previously. The deceit was only learned of later. Mr. Gilad asked why he rejected the offer previously, and everything came out.


In 2016, Mr. Abramovitz sued Ms. Lee for $300,000.00, for damages, including loss of reputation, loss of educational opportunity, and loss of two years of income potential. Ms. Lee was served with the statement of claim in Montreal, where she failed to file a notice of intent to defend or a statement of defense, and was finally noted in default. This is where Mr. Abramovitz then filed a motion for summary judgment.


A Defendant that is noted in default is perceived to be admitting to the allegations filed.


Finally, in June of this year, an Ontario judge, David L. Corbett, ruled in Mr. Abramovitz’s favor, and added $50,000.00, in aggravated damages and indemnity costs. The fake rejection didn’t stop the end of their relationship, either. They broke up in September of 2014, for unrelated issues, before Mr. Abramovitz learned of the fake emails and the loss of an opportunity of a lifetime.


Nowadays, Mr. Abramovitz has earned a position with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In March 2017, he was appointed associate principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. And yet, he may not get the awarded damages, because he is not sure where Ms. Lee lives, and she blocked him on social media networks. However, a person can receive reparations for the loss of an opportunity, as it is a measurable loss.


For more information, please see: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/mcgill-music-student-awarded-350000-after-girlfriend-stalls-career#click=https://t.co/V0A7lWaTP4 



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