In my experience, in most cases the corresponding author does not explicitly inform the co-authors about the details of the license. However, the co-authors do know to which journal their publication is submitted. So, as long as the co-authors do not ask for information about the license, the corresponding author may imply that the co-authors are aware of the license.
Overall, I do not believe that the initial argument would hold in court in an attempt to invalidate a large number of existing exclusive license agreements. In individual cases, especially in cases where there was some misunderstanding between authors or in which a submission was sent to another journal than originally communicated, this might hold, though.