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$100M suit targets billionaire in Bahamas crash

December 10, 2013

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

The widow of attorney Lance Valdez filed the wrongful death suit Monday in Miami federal court against real estate magnate Jeffrey Soffer. He owns the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach and is married to model Elle Macpherson.

The lawsuit contends Soffer was piloting the helicopter in November 2012 when it crashed on Great Guana Cay, killing his friend Valdez. The lawsuit claims Soffer and others covered up the fact that he was at the controls so Valdez’s widow and their three children were limited to a $2 million insurance payment.

Soffer’s attorney says the lawsuit has no merit. Soffer and four others survived the crash.

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