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

Parkridge Phase Three Associates L.P., also known as Parkridge Phase III Associates L.P., Parkridge Phase Three Associates, Parkridge III and Parkridge Three

12007 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 400, Reston, Va. 20191

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-13707 SSM

Date filed: Sept. 3

Attorney: Jeffrey S. Romanick, 703-273-1400

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Science Weekly Inc.

2141 Industrial Parkway, No. 202, Silver Spring, Md. 20904

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-30467

Date filed: Sept. 2

Attorney: Michael G. Wolff, 301-984-6266

Assets: $11,530

Liabilities: $297,558

Largest unsecured creditor: Balmer Printing & Graphics, $66,948

Lawson's Autobody and Racecraft LLC

13410 John Cline Rd., Smithsburg, Md. 21783

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-30747

Date filed: Sept. 7

Attorney: Leslie S. Auerbach, 301-907-4643

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $60,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Finishes Inc., $30,000 and Walter H. Humphreys Sr., $30,000

Hammer, Siler, George Associates Inc.

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

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-30825

Date filed: Sept. 8

Attorney: Scott A. Hinshaw, 202-955-1500

Assets: $100,001 to $500,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

District Court

Cygs LLC, doing business as Park Bench Restaurant

3433 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-01349

Date filed: Sept. 2

Attorney: Richard H. Gins, 202-537-7050

Assets: Not disclosed

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Ed Wilson, $97,000

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya