Judge tosses wrongful death lawsuit against Jeffrey Soffer

Woman filed $100M complaint over 2012 helicopter accident in the Bahamas

TRD MIAMI /
Aug.August 26, 2014 11:15 AM

A judge in Miami dismissed the $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against billionaire developer Jeffrey Soffer over a 2012 helicopter accident in the Bahamas.

Daria Gogoleva first sued Soffer in federal court in December 2013 on behalf of Lance Valdez, who was killed in the helicopter crash. She withdrew the complaint and refilled the suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in January. The Miami-Dade case was tossed on Monday.

Soffer had twice sought dismissals of the lawsuit before Monday’s ruling. His wife, supermodel Elle Macpherson, was mentioned in Gogoleva’s complaint. Soffer argued Gogoleva did not have the ability to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of Valdez because she was not his widow.

“We are very pleased by the court’s decision to dismiss the case,” attorney Bob Martinez, who represented Soffer, said in a written statement. “As we have said from the outset, this was a frivolous case filled with baseless accusations intended solely to generate headlines.” — Eric Kalis


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Jeffrey Soffer and Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach reveals proposed addition

Jeffrey Soffer and Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Jeffrey Soffer scores $1.2B refi of Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Jeffrey Soffer and the Diplomat Beach Resort (Credit: Getty Images)

Jeffrey Soffer in talks to buy 1,000-room Diplomat Beach Resort for under $1B: report

Jeffrey Soffer and Jim Cohen

Jeffrey Soffer hires another Turnberry alum to expand resi division

Bruce Weiner

Jeffrey Soffer taps ex-Turnberry CEO to lead resi division at his new company

Rendering of Turnberry Ocean Club and Jeffrey Soffer

Under-construction Turnberry Ocean Club condo tower scores $460M refi

Jeffrey Soffer and Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Jeffrey Soffer wants to expand the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa with Jeffrey Soffer, and a rendering of the Shore Club with Ziel Feldman

Jeffrey Soffer’s Turnberry Isle, HFZ’s Shore Club hotel close refinancings

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...