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SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ A federal judge on Thursday dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Blockbuster Inc. and five Hollywood movie studios, saying the small video store operators that brought the suit did not present proof that anything illegal occurred.

U.S. District Judge Edward Prado ruled in favor of the defense in its request for a directed verdict after the plaintiffs rested their case.

The plaintiffs _ three small video-store operators _ claimed that the studios and Blockbuster conspired on special revenue-sharing deals in the late 1990s to monopolize the video-rental market and drive them out of business.

The plaintiffs said that the deals were improper because they were not made available to them.

Blockbuster chief executive John Antioco testified Thursday that there was no conspiracy and that the studios were free to make revenue-sharing deals with Blockbuster's competitors.