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Lawrence C. DiNardo (argued), Jones Day, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellee.
Before BAUER, POSNER, and EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judges.
POSNER, Circuit Judge.
Thomas Larimer, a salesman for IBM, was fired and brings suit against the company
under both ERISA and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The district judge granted
summary judgment for the defendant.
Larimer was hired in August of 2000, and in May of the following year his wife, who
was also an employee of IBM, gave birth to twin daughters after only 29 weeks of
pregnancy. At birth the two girls suffered from a variety of serious medical conditions
owing to their prematurity, including respiratory distress, jaundice, apnea, and sepsis.
One of the girls also had bleeding in the brain and the other had a lesion on her nose.
They were hospitalized for almost two months at a total expense of almost $200,000, all
of which IBM's employee health plan paid for. By the close of discovery in January 2003
the two children seemed to be healthy and normal, but there is some probability (how
great a one is unknown) that they will develop serious physical or mental handicaps as
they grow older.
 Larimer was fired in August of 2001, shortly after the children came home from the
hospital. His principal claim is that IBM violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, by
firing him because his daughters are disabled. Are they? They seem fine at present, and
so the question, left open in Goldman v. Standard Ins. Co., 341 F.3d 1023, 1026 and n. 2
(9th Cir.2003), and not elsewhere answered definitively, is whether a possible, or even
probable, future disability can ever be a disability that triggers the protections of the Act.
42 U.S.C. § 12102(2); 29 C.F.R. § 1630.8; Den Hartog v. Wasatch Academy, 129 F.3d
1076, 1081-82 (10th Cir.1997); Tyndall v. National Education Centers, Inc., 31 F.3d 209,
214 (4th Cir.1994). The Supreme*700 Court's decision in Sutton v. United Air Lines, 284 Inc., 527 U.S. 471, 482-83, 119 S...
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