The class or type of interests or concerns that a statute or constitutional guarantee is intended to regulate or protect.
• To have standing to challenge a ruling (esp. of an administrative agency), the plaintiff must show that the specific injury suffered comes within the zone of interests protected by the statute on which the ruling was based. [Cases: Action 13; Administrative Law and Procedure 666; Federal Civil Procedure 103.[p]2. C.J.S. Actions §§ 57–63.]