A woman from California has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges J&J failed to warn of the dangers of its products and claims gross negligence against the company.

The woman, Dolores Gould, was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2006 and alleges years of using baby powder containing talcum powder caused her to develop cancer. Ms. Gould regularly used J&J’s baby powder and Shower to Shower products believing they were safe. However, over 20 epidemiological studies have shown the talc in baby powder may cause ovarian cancer.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Ms. Gould joins thousands of other women who are trying to hold J&J responsible for its gross negligence. Three lawsuits have already gone to trial and received verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs; two of these resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts.

The trials brought to light internal documents from J&J showing the company knew as far back as 1992 the talc in its baby powder was linked to cancer. The company even hired an outside consultant to evaluate the research linking talc to cancer. Although the consultant recommended J&J stop defending the use of talc in its products, J&J continued to manufacture its baby powder with talc without providing any warnings on the labeling.

The company has said it will appeal both verdicts and continues to state its products are safe. But it doesn’t look for the company, who will be facing more baby powder lawsuits this September.

J&J is also facing trials over its defective hip implants this September. The last hip implant trial resulted in a $502 million verdict for the plaintiffs, but recently a judge slashed the damages to $141 million in accordance of Texas law. The company is facing thousands of both baby powder and hip implants lawsuits, making September a pivotal month for the company.