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Billionaire Soffer faces $100M lawsuit in Miami

Complaint blames developer for tragic 2012 helicopter crash
December 11, 2013 01:30PM

Jeffrey Soffer

Jeffrey Soffer

Real estate mogul Jeffrey Soffer is being sued in Miami for $100 million over a helicopter accident in the Bahamas that killed an attorney last year.

The widow of attorney Lance Valdez filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Soffer in federal court on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The suit accuses Soffer of piloting the helicopter when it crashed at the Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club in Great Guana Cay in November 2012. Valdez, a friend of Soffer’s, was killed during the crash landing.

Soffer is CEO of Aventura-based real estate company Turnberry Associates and owns the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. The developer, who is married to supermodel Elle Macpherson, survived the crash along with four others.

An attorney for Soffer told the AP that the lawsuit is meritless. [AP]Eric Kalis