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

Ceyoniq Inc., also known as TREEV Inc. and Network Imaging Corp.

13900 Lincoln Park Dr., Suite 300, Herndon, Va. 20171

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-85887-RGM

Date filed: Dec. 3

Attorney: Stephen K. Gallagher, 703-684-8007

Assets: $1,000,001 to $10 million

Liabilities: $10,000,001 to $50 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Banc of America Securities LLC, $760,553, unliquidated/disputed

Ronson Communications, also known as Ronson Communications and Informations Systems

5904 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, Va. 22909

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-85900

Date filed: Dec. 4

Attorney: Sandra R. Robinson, 703-330-3000

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $74,982

Largest unsecured creditor: Kloke, $200

Silvas Construction Corp.

12773 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge, Va. 22192

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-85901

Date filed: Dec. 4

Attorney: Kevin M. O'Donnell, 703-273-1900

Assets: Not available

Liabilities: $3,624,817

Largest unsecured creditor: Cardinal Concrete, $49,235

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Stallings Contracting Inc.

13004 Fleetwood Dr. NE, Cumberland, Md. 21502

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-23882DK

Date filed: Dec. 3

Attorney: H. Jack Price Jr., 301-724-5040

Assets: $85,005

Liabilities: $460,205

Largest unsecured creditor: Paul and Patricia Rexrode, $39,546

Sloan's Auction Galleries Ltd.

4920 Wyaconda Rd., N. Bethesda, Md. 20852

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-23901DK

Date filed: Dec. 3

Attorney: Bradford F. Englander, 301-588-8580

Assets: $500,001 to $1 million

Liabilities: $1,000,001 to $10 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Divaris Property Management Corp., $267,256

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya