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Dell Buyout Is Seen Triggering Lawsuits Over CEO’s Role

Dell Inc.’s $24.4 billion leveraged buyout probably will draw criticism from some shareholders over a potential conflict of interest for founder and chief executive officer Michael S. Dell.

Because Michael Dell is part of the group taking the computer maker private, shareholders may claim he is trying to acquire the company at the lowest possible price at their expense. Companies including retailer J. Crew Group Inc. and Kinder Morgan Inc., a pipeline operator, were the target of shareholder lawsuits after their top executives joined with private-equity firms to buy the businesses.