The following firms and individuals recently filed petitions with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices.

Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

In a Chapter 7 liquidation, a court trustee sells assets to pay creditors' claims. The company then ceases operations.

Rockville Court

District of Maryland

Heinz Refrigeration Inc., of P.O. Box 1030, Mechanicsville, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation May 31.

The company, which supplies and installs restaurant equipment, listed assets and liabilities as each being between $100,000 and $499,000.

CFM of Maryland Inc., doing business as Fresh Fare, Fresh Fare Markets and Service Center, of P.O. Box 966, Waldorf, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation May 31.

The firm, which owns, operates, leases and franchises retail food markets, listed assets of $650,000 and liabilities of $1,248,678.15.

The bankruptcy petition noted that La Plata Food Mart Inc. of Charles County, another CFM subsidiary, also filed for Chapter 7 liquidation.

The following firms also recently filed at the court in Rockville: E. John Vito Inc. of Prince George's County filed for Chapter 11 reorganization June 1; DBR Ltd. of Prince George's County filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 6; Professional Car Care of Montgomery County filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 5; and Whetstone Enterprises Inc. of Frederick County filed for Chapter 11 reorganization June 4. More information on the filings was not available.

Alexandria Division

Eastern District of Virginia

OPLLS Contracting Inc. of 405 Glen Dr., No. 3-A, Sterling, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization June 6. The site and excavating contractor listed assets of $1,619,823 and liabilities of $1,534,968.

Corporate Images Inc. of 7351-D Lockport Place, Lorton, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 1. The printing service listed assets of $472,123.83 and liabilities of $651,325.61.

H&L Associates Inc., also known as Vintage Printing Center, of 7201 Lockport Place, Fairfax, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 1. The offset printing service listed assets of $27,725 and liabilities of $192,241.27.