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

Mike and Lou's Handmade Inc., also known as Mike and Lou's Pizza

673 Potomac Station Dr., No. 610, Leesburg, Va. 20176

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-14631-SSM

Date filed: Nov. 8

Attorney: Spencer D. Ault, 703-777-7800

Assets: $674,500

Liabilities: $916,146

Largest unsecured creditor: Walmart Stores, $345,399

American Wood Preservers Institute Inc.

12100 Sunset Hills Rd., Suite 130, Reston, Va. 20190

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-14669-RGM

Date filed: Nov. 10

Attorney: James T. Bacon, 703-352-1300

Assets: $50,001 to $100,000

Liabilities: More than $100 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Drohan Management Group Inc., $30,905

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Eurostyle Imports Inc.

5472 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-35598

Date filed: Nov. 11

Attorney: Judy Nicks, 301-577-5758

Assets: $12,326

Liabilities: $482,677

Largest unsecured creditor: Lisa Lellig, $233,998

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya