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

ADC Ventures Inc. of 100 E St. SE, Suite 100, Vienna, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Nov. 17. The company listed assets as $50,000 to $100,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

S&A Partnership Inc. of 261-106 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Nov. 15. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Warner Street Inc. of 30 Piney Meetinghouse Ct., Potomac, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Nov. 17. The company listed assets as $1 million to $10 million and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

Planet Building Industries of 6475 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 450, Adelphi, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Nov. 17. The company did not list assets and listed liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

G.S. Engineering Inc. of 8605 Cameron St., Silver Spring, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Nov. 12. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $50,000 to $100,000.

American Grill Inc. of 1125 Nelson St., Rockville, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Nov. 12. The company listed assets and liabilities as zero to $50,000.