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

Set Designs of Virginia Inc., also known as Casa Nostra

7906 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, Va. 22102

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-85273-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 25

Attorney: Thomas P. Gorman, 703-549-5011

Assets: $100,001 to $500,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Tysons Corner LLC, $137,483

Blackberry Inc.

1611 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va. 22204

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-85279-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 25

Attorney: Not disclosed

Assets: $2,562

Liabilities: $658,129

Largest unsecured creditor: Charles Michael Williams, $250,000

Automated Technology Exchange Inc., also known as AXT-SCG Inc.

107 S. West St., Suite 167, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-85293-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 28

Attorney: Joseph M. Langone, phone number not disclosed

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $117,406

Largest unsecured creditor: Boise Cascade Office Products Corp., $116,468

ICTS Inc.

6295 Edsall Rd., Alexandria, Va. 22312

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-85320-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 29

Attorney: Geri L. Chase, 301-474-7771

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $2,945,574

Largest unsecured creditor: ARS Commercial Operations, $145,229

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Christian Brothers Dry Cleaners Inc.

7938 Johnson Ave., Glenarden, Md. 20706

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-22455PM

Date filed: Oct. 25

Attorney: Gregory P. Johnson, 301-608-3700

Assets: $5,957

Liabilities: $109,624

Largest unsecured creditor: Court Square Leasing Corp., $62,183

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya