MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (Jan. 20)—Lewis & Peat Rubber L.P., the Middlebury-based natural rubber and latex trader, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization with the New Haven, Conn., federal bankruptcy court. "We´re in the middle of some negotiations" to set a reorganization plan, President Jim Belcher said. "We fully expect to come out of Chapter 11 very soon. Meanwhile, we intend to serve our customers as always." Belcher declined to discuss the reasons for the filing, except to say that "we have shareholders in the Far East, and some complications involving them." A court hearing on the Chapter 11 filing is scheduled for Jan. 27, he said.