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If the lien has been filed already, the only way to remove the lien -- other than paying what he demands -- is to file a lawsuit to remove the mechanic's/materialman's/construction lien and claim that the lien is invalid, is for unauthorized work, etc. and then have the judge/court decide the matter based on the facts of your case.
If you were to sue, it could scare the contractor enough to drop the claim.......especially if he doesn't believe he has the proof/documentation/authorization to perform the work to substantiate his claimed lien.