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

Bryan's Home Improvements Inc. of 12405 Colby Dr., Woodbridge, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 24. The company listed assets and liabilities each as zero to $50,000.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Service Bays Inc. of 4431 South St., Capitol Heights, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Tuesday. The company listed assets as $100,000 to $500,000 and liabilities as $50,000 to $100,000.

P.P.A.T. & Friends Inc. of 8121 Georgia Ave., Suite 406, Silver Spring, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Tuesday. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $50,000 to $99,000.

Tavern Breweries Inc. of 227 E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 25. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and did not list liabilities.

Old Town Tavern & Brewing Co. Inc. of 227 E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation June 25. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and did not list liabilities.

GNM & Associates Inc. of 8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization June 24. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $1 million to $10 million.

District Court

International Auto Care Inc. of 3426 18th St. NE filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Tuesday. The company listed assets as $100,000 to $500,000 and liabilities as $500,000 to $1 million.