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

Ezana Corp.

2238-C Gallows Rd., Vienna, Va. 22182

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-15862

Date filed: Nov. 15

Attorney: Pro se

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Spartan Masonry Co.

12 S. Summit Ave., Suite 220, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-90259

Date filed: Nov. 10

Attorney: John Garza, 301-340-8200

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Internal Revenue Service, $834,960

Spartan Masonry Co.

12 S. Summit Ave., Suite 220, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-90261

Date filed: Nov. 10

Attorney: John Garza, 301-340-8200

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Belair Road Supply Co. Inc., $535,700

Spartan Masonry Corporation of Md. Inc.

12 S. Summit Ave., Suite 220, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-90262

Date filed: Nov. 10

Attorney: John Garza, 301-340-8200

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Internal Revenue Service, $1,119,384

Talking Classified Corp.

3200 Dunwood Ridge Terrace, Bowie, Md. 20721

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-90110

Date filed: Nov. 15

Attorney: Pro se

Assets: $500,001 to $1 million

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Xerox Capital Services Collection Department, $5,500

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya