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

David Bontrager Masonry Inc.

3034 Golden Pheasant Pl., Catlett, Va. 20119

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-13358-RGM

Date filed: Sept. 1

Attorney: Raymond R. Pring Jr., 703-369-4738

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., $119,178

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Time Piece Jewelers Inc.

15500 Annapolis Rd., Suite 106, Bowie, Md. 20715

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-30118

Date filed: Sept. 7

Attorney: Richard Rosenblatt, 301-838-0098

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Simon Golub & Sons, $99,030

District Court

Restaurant Equipment and Supply Depot Inc.

2101 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-01316

Date filed: Sept. 2

Attorney: Alan S. Kerxton, 301-838-3213

Assets: $50,001 to $100,000

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya