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

First Coastline Mortgage Corp. of 14309 Brookmere Dr., Centreville, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Thursday. The company listed assets as zero and liabilities as less than $50,000.

Dancing Peppers Inc. of 1120 King St., Alexandria, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Thursday. The company listed assets and liabilities each as less than $50,000.

Laser Magic Inc. of 674 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Wednesday. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $100,000 to $499,000.

System Solutions Group Inc. of 11449 Waterview Cluster, Reston, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Tuesday. The company listed assets as $100,001 to $500,000 and liabilities as $500,001 to $1 million.

United Imports Inc. of 3901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Friday. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $500,001 to $1 million.

Applitech Inc. of 463-B Carlisle Dr., Herndon, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Friday. The company listed assets as $100,001 to $500,000 and liabilities as $500,001 to $1 million.

Chapman Group Inc. of P.O. Box 1871, Stafford, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Friday. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $100,001 to $500,000.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Royal Motors Imports Corp. of 9-A Doolittle Dr., No. 115, Waldorf, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation last Monday. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $50,001 to $100,000.

Phoenix Professional Partnerships Inc. of 26117 Viewland Dr., Damascus, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Wednesday. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $100,001 to $500,000.