These companies 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 operation.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

Alan's Coffee Enterprises Inc.

5711 Center Lane, Falls Church, Va. 22041

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-86131

Date filed: Dec. 18

Attorney: Dominique V. Sinesi, 703-256-6200

Assets: $21,024

Liabilities: $79,694

Largest unsecured creditor: Xpedx, $24,055

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Edmar Inc.

8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 906, Silver Spring, Md. 20910

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-24364PM

Date filed: Dec. 16

Attorney: John Garza, 301-340-8200

Assets: $500,001 to $1 million

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Chesapeake Custom Envelopes Inc. also known as Chesapeake Custom Envelope and Printing and Chesapeake Custom Envelope

12051 Indian Creek Ct., Suite G, Beltsville, Md. 20705

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-24267PM

Date filed: Dec. 9

Attorney: Michael T. Cantrell, 410-685-1763

Assets: $353,122

Liabilities: $628,634

Largest unsecured creditor: Lindenmyer Munroe, $139,923

Espresso & Coffee Lovers Club Inc.

c/o Telema Erekosima, 18 Manchester Place, Apt. 201, Silver Spring, Md. 20901

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-24277DK

Date filed: Dec. 13

Attorney: Richard S. Stolker, 301-294-9500

Assets: $5,290

Liabilities: $99,864

Largest unsecured creditor: Wheaton Plaza Regional Shopping Center, $55,000

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya