On January 20, 2011, the First Circuit Court of Appeals partially affirmed and partially reversed a District Court decision in a putative class action brought against eight RMBS trusts, their underwriters, the depositor and its officers. The court affirmed the dismissal of all claims related to those trusts whose certificates had not been purchased by any of the named plaintiffs, holding that plaintiffs thereby lacked standing to sue. The court affirmed the dismissal of claims relating to appraisal practices as inadequately pled. The court also affirmed the dismissal of claims relating to credit ratings, holding that such ratings were inactionable opinions. However, the court vacated the dismissal of claims relating to the lending banks' underwriting practices, holding that plaintiffs' allegation of defendants' wholesale abandonment of underwriting standards was sufficient to defeat the motion to dismiss. Decision