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

Consulting Network International Inc.

9704 Ashby Rd., Fairfax, Va. 22031

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-12106

Date filed: May 11

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

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $391,983

Largest unsecured creditor: SDV & SCAC, $176,269

District Court

Col-Beast Music Group LLC

1402 Jefferson St., Hyattsville, Md. 20782

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-00761

Date filed: May 6

Attorney: William C. Johnson Jr., 202-347-8833

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $20,600

Largest unsecured creditor: XXL Magazine, $7,500

Horton & Barber Professional Services Inc.

3127 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE

Washington, D.C. 20032-0000

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-00778

Date filed: May 11

Attorney: Not listed

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya