The new movie “Office Christmas Party,” though funny, depicts the kind of holiday pranks that result in not-so-funny real-life legal penalties that some general counsel know all too well. Philippe Weiss, managing director of Seyfarth Shaw at Work, the global law firm’s compliance subsidiary, says his group has dealt with actual events that mirror some of the movie’s more outrageous moments. 

For example, there’s the case of a Midwest consulting firm where several employees threw a secret, “no-holds-barred” rooftop holiday party while the human resources team was traveling. Afterward, several hungover employees had to be bailed out of jail after launching office supplies from the rooftop and climbing the building flagpole. 

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