Woman loses nearly $5 million after fight over closet rod

Roberta Campbell 
By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) A woman just lost nearly $5 million after canceling a deal over a closet rod.

Roberta Campbell, the ex-wife of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit software, lost $4.68 million of her down payment on an elegant Upper East Side Manhattan co-op yesterday when a judge ruled that she had no reason to withdraw from the purchase of the $18.75 million apartment.

After checking out her new apartment in 2009, a floor converted from the Mark Hotel, Campbell complained about a stained floor, no heat or hot water, and no hanging closet rods.

However, Manhattan federal Judge William Pauley III said that a temporary certificate of occupancy from the city showed that the place was habitable.

He said other complaints from Campbell were just "checklist" items that the developer could have fixed after closing.

Pauley also said that Campbell, who "lives at 15 Central Park West, one of the most desirable addresses in Manhattan," is not exactly suffering.

Her lawyer declined to comment.



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