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

All American Transport Inc.

4352 Ashford Lane, Fairfax, Va. 22032

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-13345-RGM

Date filed: Aug. 6

Attorney: Stephen J. Sheehy III, 703-256-6200

Assets: $7,800

Liabilities: $500,438

Largest unsecured creditor: Shoosmith Bros. Inc., $500,438

Direct Home Appliance Inc., doing business as Direct Maytag and the Maytag Store

101-E Executive Dr., Sterling, Va. 20166

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-13376-SSM

Date filed: Aug. 9

Attorney: Thomas P. Gorman, 703-549-5000

Assets: $394,463

Liabilities: $1,086,612

Largest unsecured creditor: Mary F. Cuddy, $500,000

Seyum Trucking Inc.

5835 Valley View Dr., Alexandria, Va. 22310

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-13403

Date filed: Aug. 11

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

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $182,593

Largest unsecured creditor: Cardinal Bank, $131,980

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Metropolitan Rental Locators LLC

3611 Branch Ave., Suite 206, Temple Hills, Md. 20748

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-28563

Date filed: Aug. 6

Attorney: Charles C. Iweanoge, 202-347-7026

Assets: $500,001 to $1 million

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Springhill Lake, $49,416

Seton & Seton Co. Inc., also known as Seton Manor Care

3808 Fox Valley Dr., Rockville, Md. 20853

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-28657

Date filed: Aug. 9

Attorney: Pro se

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Kansas Associates Inc., doing business as Skate Palace Rink

3132 Branch Ave., Temple Hills, Md. 20748

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-28704

Date filed: Aug. 10

Attorney: James M. Greenan, 301-441-2420

Assets: $500,000

Liabilities: $397,223

Largest unsecured creditor: Branch Avenue Plaza L.P., $176,587

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya