The following are recent bankruptcy filings in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
O & E Enterprises Inc., t/a Econo Lube & Tune, 1400 Pride Tree Circle, Severn. Retailer of automotive maintenance products filed under Chapter 7. Principal: Otto Griebel. Assets: 0. Liabilities: $171,563.41
Newbury Place Limited Partnership, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. Owner of apartments in Altamonte Springs, Fla., filed under Chapter 11. Principal: Barry M. Davis. Assets: More than
$100,000. Liabilities: More than $6.5 million.
Erdman Lumber Co. Inc., 5900 Erdman Ave., Baltimore. Erdman Lumber, which sells lumber and building products to the construction industry, filed under Chapter 11. Principal: Robert Lancelotta Sr. Assets: $2.1 million. Liabilities: $3.2 million.
Penn Marine Inc., 1 Kane St., Baltimore. Retailer and wholesaler of boats, marine engines and boating accessories, filed under Chapter 7. Principal: Stanley Penn. Assets: $61,770.33. Liabilities: $182,814.45
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.