These firms recently filed 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.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

Morton's Cosmetic Beauty Supply Inc. of 1055 W. Broad St., Falls Church, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Tuesday. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

The Royal Floral Designs Inc. of 7100 Brookfield Plaza Rd., Springfield, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Tuesday. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $50,000 to $100,000.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Stefano's Gourmet Pizza Inc. of 1502 S. Main St., Mount Airy, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization June 4. The company listed assets as $50,000 to $100,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

John Yates Productions Inc. of 19016 Wasche Rd., Dickerson, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 4. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $50,000 to $100,000.

District Court

Asual Energy Technologies Inc. of 4204 18th St. NW filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 5. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $499,000.

Willie Wood Mechanical Systems Inc. of 7941 16th St. NW filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 2. The company listed assets and liabilities each as zero to $50,000.