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

Aryana Inc. of 2201 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Aug. 9. The company listed assets and liabilities each as zero to $50,000.

United Imports Inc. of 3901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Aug. 6. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $500,000 to $1 million.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Chateau Du Tapis D'Orient of 3784 Howard Ave., Kensington, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Wednesday. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $500,000 to $1 million.

Mectel Communications Inc. of 13018 Blairmore St., Beltsville, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Aug 6. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $100,000 to $500,000.

District Court

Wee Farms Inc. of 1270 Fifth St. NE filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Wednesday. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

Livingston Manor Neighborhood Corp. of 4419 Third St. SE filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Tuesday. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $1 million to $10 million.