Groupon and Huntington Beach's CloudMover Day Spa Sued for Alleged Burning Body Wrap

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A Huntington Beach day spa is being sued by a Hayward woman who alleges a treatment there gave her chemical burns.

Rebecca Fisher is also suing Groupon, which sold the online vouchers she purchased Feb. 28 for a 15-minute infrared sauna, a 60-minute Swedish massage and a 60-minute "detox" body wrap at CloudMover Day Spa in 5 Points Plaza.

The voucher was redeemed April 24 at the spa at 18685 Main St., where Fisher's claim states she sat in a sauna and received a massage before CloudMover employee Monica Blair wrapped her in elastic bandages soaked in an unidentified solution for the detox, also known as a reduction.

Fisher claims she was then wrapped in a Mylar-like material and left in a room with a steamer. She alleges she told Blair about a tingling sensation she was experiencing and was told that and feelings of heat and burning were "normal."

The wraps were removed a half hour later, when Fisher's reddish-colored body was exposed. Blair expressed no concerns, but Fisher complains she was left with severe burns causing pain and emotional distress. Her attorney, Montie Day, told the Huntington Beach Independent a physician found Fisher suffered second-degree burnings and that his client sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The suit names Blair and CloudMover owner Anne Mason-Arnold as plaintiffs. Groupon was roped in for allegedly entering into a business partnership with the day spa, although the website's attorneys are trying to remove it from the case, the Indy reports.

CloudMover attorneys Richard Carroll and Betsey Jeffery argued in their response that Fisher "freely, voluntarily and expressly assumed all risks" and deny she has provided proof to back up any of her claims.

The next scheduled hearing in the case is Feb. 7 in Orange County Superior Court Judge Thierry Colaw's courtroom.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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