The following are recent bankruptcy filings in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Clasing Builders Inc., 7848 Wynbrook Road, Baltimore. General construction company filed for Chapter 7. Principal: Mark Clasing. Assets: $25,360. Liabilities: $40,637
Elwood's Inc., 205 Windward Drive, Ocean City. Restaurant business filed for Chapter 11. Principal: James S. Norris II. Assets: $175,000. Liabilities: $210,000.
Mirkin's Jewelers of Pikesville Inc., 1500 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Jewelry retailer and wholesaler filed for Chapter 7. Principal: Adolfo Mirkin. Assets: $1,000. Liabilities: $623,260
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.