HOUSTON - A judge erred in severing an insurance broker's misappropriation claims against a former employee from the employee's counterclaims because it violated the broker's automatic stay pending an appeal of a prior ruling, a Texas appeals panel held Jan. 7 (In re Bliss & Glennon Inc., No. 01-13-00320, Texas App., 1st Dist.; 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 119).