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If a sub or the general contractor has filed a mechanic's lien on the house, they then have one year from the date of filing the lien statement to file suit in the county in which the property is located to foreclose on the lien. If they don't do so within that time, then the lien expires and is unenforceable.
As for continuing work with a different contractor, there is nothing that would prevent that, but if the next contractor gets wind that a previous one has a lien, they will likely demand payment in advance so they don't get stuck the same way.