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Suit targets Fla. billionaire in Bahamas crash

December 10, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — A $100 million lawsuit has been filed against a South Florida billionaire over a 2012 helicopter crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent tax attorney.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Miami federal court by the attorney's widow against real estate magnate Jeffrey Soffer, owner of the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach and CEO of Turnberry Associates. He's also married to model Elle McPherson.

The lawsuit contends that Soffer was at the controls of the helicopter when it crashed at Great Guana Cay, killing attorney Lance Valdez. The lawsuit claims Soffer and others covered up the fact he was flying the helicopter so Valdez's widow and their three children were limited to a $2 million insurance payment.

An attorney for Soffer says the lawsuit has no merit.



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