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

Dulles Pain Management Center PC

608 S. King St., No. 101, Leesburg, Va. 20175

Type of filing: Chapter11 reorganization

Case number: 04-13208

Date filed: July 29

Attorney: Thomas M. Dunlap, 703-777-7319

Assets: $190,885

Liabilities: $529,133

Largest unsecured creditor: Arent Fox Kinter Plotkins & Kahn PLLC, $98,999

Superior Services of America Inc.

33 McWhirt Loop, Fredericksburg, Va. 22406

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-13209

Date filed: July 29

Attorney: Richard G. Hall, 703-256-7159

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Susan A. Morency, $200,000

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Volare Travel and Tours Inc.

914 Silver Spring Ave., Suite 102, Silver Spring, Md. 20910

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-27831

Date filed: July 29

Attorney: Ronald L. Schwartz, 301-474-2300

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: Zero to $50,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

District Court

Chappelle Inc.

1341 Queen St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-01169

Date filed: July 28

Attorney: Pro se

Assets: $50,001 to $100,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya