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A lawyer for the Uber drivers had asked the judge to invalidate the work agreement the ride-share company started circulating Dec. 11. (Photo: Thinkstock)

(Bloomberg) — Uber Technologies Inc. was barred from imposing a new contract on drivers who are suing the company to be treated like employees after a federal judge said the reworded agreement is confusing.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco on Thursday also ordered the company to stop communicating with drivers covered by the class-action lawsuit without consulting a lawyer for the drivers or getting the court’s consent.

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