The Supreme Court of Louisiana has ruled that workers who suffer hearing loss from the cumulative effects of environmental industrial noise cannot sue in tort for their injuries and must instead seek a remedy via the workers’ compensation system. The ruling ends a 4 year old lawsuit filed in Ouachita Parish by hundreds of employees of the West Monroe Paper Mill, who sued the mill’s owners. The trial court sided with the plaintiffs and found the plant liable. However, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the trial court decision. The Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court’s ruling. The Justices’ decision is expected to bring a number of similar cases to an end around the state and steer those plaintiffs to collect workers’ comp benefits instead.