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Hi...Yes, I remember you. You want to explain to the contractor that you are not willing to pay the contractor and then get stuck with a suit from a sub over a dispute between the sub and the general. You want to insure that you at least get a signed document from the sub that the sub will not sue you. You don't need to worry about the threat of any lien. If the contractor were to place a lien, he would not be able to do anything with it unless he filed a suit and prevailed in that suit. Given your facts, he would not prevail, and the court would simply order the lien released. And, if the contractor doesn't timely pursue the suit, the lien will lapse automatically. The contractor has no legal basis for putting you in the middle of a dispute between the general and his sub.
It doesn't do any good to get a lien waiver against the general when you know there is a problem with the sub. That simply gives you a cause of action against the general, but no protection against the sub. I agree with your conclusion.