A North Charleston-based taxicab company is making another trip through bankruptcy.
North Area Taxi Inc. and the affiliated Charleston Transportation Leasing LLC sought protection from creditors Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Columbia, according to filings.
Thomas Lee, president of the cab company, did not return a phone call seeking comment Monday.
D. Nathan Davis, a Charleston attorney who filed the petition, did not respond to a call and email seeking comment.
The company's bankruptcy filing shows North Area Taxi has assets and debts that range between $100,000 and $500,000. It did not list a reason for the filing. The filing also shows North Area Taxi owes money to 50 to 99 creditors.
The company classified the case as a so-called Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which in most instances enables businesses to keep creditors at bay to restructure their finances while continuing to operate.
State records show North Area Taxi was founded in 1975.
It previously filed to restructure its finances under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in 2002, according to court documents. That case was discharged in 2003.
This week's bankruptcy has been assigned to Chief Judge David R. Duncan. A meeting of creditors was not scheduled as of Monday.
North Area Taxi made headlines in March 2012 when a 50-year-old independent contractor who leased a cab from the company was shot in the chest during a nighttime robbery attempt.
The driver, who was not identified, was responding to a call for a cab in North Charleston. The victim survived the shooting.