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An Uber car drives down Market Street in San Francisco. (Image: Jason Doiy/The Recorder)

In a suit brought by two women who allege they were sexually assaulted by Uber Technologies Inc. drivers, the San Francisco-based company’s lawyers are raising a familiar defense. In court papers filed late Thursday, Uber claims that it shouldn’t be held liable for the drivers’ actions because “they were not employees of Uber,” echoing previous defenses the company has put forward in other suits.

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