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

Cullen Painting and Sandblasting Inc. of 12800 Turberville Lane, Herndon, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Dec. 28. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $100,001 to $500,000.

Affinity Partners.com Ltd., also known as RX Drugstore.com of 3810 Concord Parkway, Suite 2200, Chantilly, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Dec. 29. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $500,001 to $1 million.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Evergreen Landscaping Inc. of 2501 Coach House Way, 3-C, Frederick, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Dec. 23. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $50,001 to $100,000.

The Apple of Your Eye LLC of 500 North Mechanic St., Cumberland, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Dec. 27. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $100,001 to $500,000.