GEMS TV, NYC OTB, ORLEANS HOMEBUILDERS: SOME IN BANKRUPTCY, SOME NOT.

(This report contains items about companies both in bankruptcy and not in bankruptcy. Adds Westland Devco in New Filings; Lehman and Barclays in Other Updates; Icahn’s Trump Entertainment in Briefly Noted; rental vacancy rates in Statistics; high-yield, high-risk debt issues in Commercial Debt Activity.)

By Carla Main

April 6 (Bloomberg) — Gems TV (USA) Ltd., the television retailer of gemstone jewelry products, yesterday sought Chapter 11 protection from creditors, citing as much as $500 million in debt. The television retailer of gemstone jewelry products, sought bankruptcy protection to sell its assets, after shutting down operations last month.

In papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, the Reno, Nevada-based company listed less than $50 million in assets and said DirecTV was one of its largest unsecured creditors, owed $2.67 million.

DirecTV, based in El Segundo, California, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, asked a federal court last month to partially freeze Gems TV assets, the retailer said in a statement.

The company is seeking “an orderly liquidation of its assets,” Gems TV President Diane Schneiderjohn said in bankruptcy papers filed yesterday.

Schneiderjohn said the company’s “troubles were exacerbated this past year as nationwide economic conditions resulted in decreased discretionary spending.”

The case is In re Gems TV (USA) Ltd., 10-11158, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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New Filings

New Mexico Developer Westland Devco Files Bankruptcy

Westland Devco LP, a New Mexico real estate developer, sought bankruptcy court protection after its lenders sued to foreclose on its assets.

The company, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, listed assets of $361 million and debt of $198 million as of Dec. 31, in Chapter 11 documents filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

Westland owns 55,000 acres of real estate in Albuquerque, which it planned to develop into residential lots, according to court documents. The company hoped to subdivide about 19,000 acres of that land into 40,000 parcels to sell to homebuilders over the next 20 years.

Barclays Capital Real Estate Inc., a unit of London-based Barclays Plc, sued Westland in December, seeking to foreclose on the project.

The case is In re Westland Devco LP, 10-11166, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

Other Updates

New York Racing Appeal from Order Allowing OTB to File Chapter 9

The New York Racing Association has filed a notice of appeal from a March 22 order by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn in Manhattan that granted the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., or NYC OTB, permission to file for relief under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to court files.

The Racing Association had objected to the request for Chapter 9 p

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