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

Phlebology Associates Inc.

8000 Tower Crescent Dr., Suite 180, Vienna, Va. 22182

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-14071

Date filed: Sept. 29

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

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $274,540

Largest unsecured creditor: Tycon Tower I Investment, $73,867

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

E. West LLC

983 Hillside Lake Terrace, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-31906

Date filed: Sept. 23

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

Assets: $775,100

Liabilities: $785,138

Largest unsecured creditor: Farzin Sadeghi, $59,450

First International Inc.

101 Lake Forest Blvd., Suite 302, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-31974

Date filed: Sept. 24

Attorney: S. Ricardo Narvaiz, 301-628-2066

Assets: $36,881

Liabilities: $498,575

Largest unsecured creditor: Carlyn Dairy Products Inc., $444,202

Quality Telecommunication Services Inc.

5410 Indian Head Hwy., Suite 200, Oxon Hill, Md. 20745

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-32024

Date filed: Sept. 27

Attorney: Lawrence J. Yumkas, 410-727-6600

Assets: $304,523

Liabilities: $2,131,912

Largest unsecured creditor: Accu-Tech Corp., $121,001

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya