These are recent business filings in U.S. District Court in Baltimore:
Ernest D. Bowling (B & C Interiors, B & C Upholstery), 102 Michael Ave., Linthicum. Upholstery business filed for Chapter 13. Principal: Ernest D. Bowling. Assets: between $100,000 and $499,000. Liabilities: between $100,000 and $499,000.
Chesapeake Marine Supply Inc., 963 Ritchie Highway, Arnold. Marine supply business filed for Chapter 7. Principals: Edwin W. Most and Jeffrey Clark. Assets: $35,000 (approximately). Liabilities: $84,000 (approximately).
MAP Automotive Inc., 1931 Frederick Ave., Baltimore. Retailer of automotive parts filed for Chapter 11. Principal: Robert Ginsburg. Assets: $514,351. Liabilities: $1,508,654.
Duck Neck Inc., 5000 Coastal Highway, Suite 3, Ocean City. Renter of seasonal campground sites in Queen Anne's County filed for Chapter 11. Principal: Wilson B. Reynolds. Assets: $2,468,217. Liabilities: $1,003,873.
The following are the most common types of filings under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
CHAPTER 7 -- Liquidation. A trustee is appointed to take charge of all the debtor's property, except for certain exceptions allowed in the law. The trustee will sell the remaining property for the benefit of creditors, and unless a creditor objects and is upheld by the court, the debt will be discharged in whole or in part.
CHAPTER 11 -- Reorganization. Available to all individuals or businesses, this chapter is primarily intended to allow an ongoing business to restructure its debt. A successful reorganization depends on filing a plan and obtaining its approval by creditors and the court.
CHAPTER 13 -- Adjustment of debts of an individual with regular income. This chapter provides a method for individual debtors to repay creditors, in full or in part, over a period of up to five years. It ordinarily involves less than $100,000 in unsecured debt and $350,000 in secured debt.