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

French Country Living Inc.

45180 Business Ct., Suite 100, Sterling, Va. 20166

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-13039-SSM

Date filed: July 16

Attorney: Bruce W. Henry, 703-273-1900

Assets: $2,651,113

Liabilities: $6,382,496

Largest unsecured creditor: Quebecor World, $339,560

Commercial Corp. formerly known as Kids' Habitat Co.

405 Glenn Dr., Suite 9, Sterling, Va. 20164

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-13062-SSM

Date filed: July 19

Attorney: Donald F. King, Phone number not disclosed

Assets: Zero to $50,000

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

Largest unsecured creditor: David J. Chin, $392,516

ABD Appliance Distributors Inc.

7406-A Lockport Pl., Lorton, Va. 22079

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-13067-SSM

Date filed: July 19

Attorney: John P. McGeehan, 703-273-5303

Assets: $737,950

Liabilities: $694,503

Largest unsecured creditor: William A. Deterline II, $320,000

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Joseph & Son Inc., doing business as Diamond Square Cleaners

38 Bureau Dr., No. B-2, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-26963

Date filed: July 15

Attorney: Gregory P. Johnson, 301-614-3300

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: Zero to $50,000

Largest unsecured creditor: GFS Realty Inc., $26,271

Harringtons Ltd.

7517 Rickenbacker Dr., Gaithersburg, Md. 20879

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-26993

Date filed: July 16

Attorney: John Garza, 301-340-8200

Assets: $100,001 to $500,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Owens & Minor Distribution Inc., $33,482

The Telecom Depot Inc.

2606 Osage St., Hyattsville, Md. 20783

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-27032

Date filed: July 16

Attorney: Gary A. Rosen, 301-251-0202

Assets: $15,000

Liabilities: $781,329

Largest unsecured creditor: Peco, $97,166

District Court

Consolidated Family Services Inc.

P.O. Box 31030, Washington, DC 20030

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-01129

Date filed: July 16

Attorney: Harris S. Ammerman, 202-638-0606

Assets: $98,400

Liabilities: $356,091

Largest unsecured creditor: Cannan Properties, $84,012

U Street Development LLC

901 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20003

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-01147

Date filed: July 21

Attorney: Jeffrey M. Sherman, 202-973-1200

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

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Mini-Mall Properties Inc., $50,000

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya