Suit against Jeffrey Soffer over helicopter accident dismissed

The 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Turnberry Associates chairman and Fontainebleau owner Jeffrey Soffer and others over a helicopter accident in 2012 in The Bahamas because the facts didn’t support the claims made in the complaint. The wrongful death suit was filed earlier this year by Daria Pastouhkova Gogoleva.

The plaintiff, Gogoleva, alleged Soffer was behind the chopper’s controls during the accident in the Bahamas on Thanksgiving Day that killed Lance Valdez, having taken over mid-flight from the professional pilot, David Pearce. Elle Macpherson, Soffer’s wife, had been mentioned in the lawsuit.

Bob Martinez, a lawyer for Soffer, issued the following statement: “We are very pleased by the court's decision to dismiss the case.  As we have said from the outset, this was a frivolous case filled with baseless accusations intended solely to generate headlines.”

Nancy Dahlberg